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ISSUE 165

Thursday 4 October 2012

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Do you recognise these people? From left to right, Meg Platt, Director of Student Development and Activities (DoSDA), Jules Findlay, Director of Events and Services (DoES), Freddie Fforde, Association President, Amanda Litherland, Director of Representation (DoRep)

A Sabb state of affairs? • 71% of students surveyed were unable to recognise the Sabbatical officers from their photos • Of those students who recognised the Sabbs, only 28% had any idea what they do

Erin Lyons Over half of St Andrews students surveyed have no idea what Students’ Association President Freddie Fforde looks like or what he does, according to a poll carried

out by The Saint. More worryingly only a quarter could identify any of the other sabbatical officers with even fewer able to explain what the sabbatical positions of DoSDA and DoES actually do. Scoring worst in terms of

identification was Jules Findlay in his role as Director of Events and Services with 78% unable to recognise him, while the role of DoSDA (Director of Student Development and Activities) was the least understood with 82% having no idea what Meg Platt is

in charge of. Fforde, in an interview with The Saint following his election in March, stressed his desire to improve visibility: “The main thing is to be visible and accessible, using web media and regular surgeries to explain and clarify

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and market the decisions that I’m taking.” Unfortunately students at the moment seem both uninterested and unaware of Fforde’s attempts to communicate the workings of the Students’ Association, with Continued on page 4


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NEWS St Andrews’ nightlife under threat? Page 5 A new coat of arms Page 6 VIEWPOINT Scottish Independence Page 9 The Story of Overheard Page 12 FEATURES A Capella Interviews Page 13 Marriage in St Andrews Page 14 ARTS &CULTURE Itchy Feet review Page 23 Byre behind the scenes Page 26 SPORT Reflection on John Terry Page 28 BUCS Round-up Page 31

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Editorial

Welcome to issue #165 of The Saint, your independent student newspaper. For an organisation which has always been known for its printed output, we’ve been more than a little busy online. Our freshly-designed website was launched two weeks ago today, and if you haven’t visited www. thesaint-online.com already, then you really should. It’s the best place for the latest St Andrews news, as well as a great variety of other stories, features, opinions and reviews. The website has also allowed us to expand into new areas that are quite tricky to put down on paper. As well as our new batch of blogs (from food to graduates to politics), we have finally worked out what multimedia is and have a new ‘Video’ section. You can catch the fruits of Bubble TV’s labours on

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w w w. t h e s a i n t - o n l i n e . c o m there, and we ourselves have some exciting plans brewing. Stay tuned. But what makes us truly unique in St Andrews is the thing you’re holding now. If this is print media’s last stand, I think we’re making a better job of it than Custer. Ahead of you lies interviews with St Andrews five a capella groups, a look ahead to the Dunhill Links and many other nuggets of student talent. Another aspect which sets us apart is our News team. As well as gathering and writing the stories that fill the next few pages, they have been putting together our Sabb survey. The results certainly make for interesting reading. Yes, it is early in the year and everyone at the Union has the rest of the year to get their names out there and show students why they matter. That is the point of this survey – Freshers’

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Week was a success, but we wanted to know how connected students are with their Union. Clearly there is much work to be done, both by the Union and student media. We’ve given our two cents. Over to you, Sabbs.

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Clarifications from Issue 164:

Camilla Henfrey

‘InFocus: Jules Findlay’ (p7): Jules Findlay told The Saint that the Union redevelopment would be completed in 2013; to clarify, stage one of the redevelopment is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

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‘Madras Struggle Continues’ (p7): Louise Richardson’s announcement of the University’s withdrawal from its partnership with Fife Council was made several months ago, and not in September.

Council rejects plans for new student accommodation Pim Ungphakorn

Fife Council’s Planning Committee has refused proposals to create new student housing next to East Sands, claiming that there is “no obvious need for student accommodation in St Andrews.” The application, submitted by private company Alumno Developments Ltd, consisted of plans to transform the current Wonder Years nursery site on East Sands into self-catered accommodation for 150 students and a new nursery building. Fife Council planning officers had strongly recommended the application for approval. However, last Wednesday Fife councillors for the North East Fife Area Committee voted 11 to 3 in favour of refusing the application on the grounds that the proposed development was “not sympathetic” to the local landscape and did not comply with established blueprints for the development of the area. Alumno’s Development Manager Catherine McKenzie said: “We are of course very disappointed with this decision, as we had worked hard with

council officers to ensure that the development complied with all statutory requirements. “The design was tailor-made for East Sands. We considered carefully the landscape and surrounding areas and put forward a high quality, environmentally sustainable design. “Fife Council’s own planning officials strongly advised councillors to approve the project. They concluded that many of the councillors’ objections had no substance, while others were outweighed by the major improvements the project would bring to St Andrews and to the East Sands area.” She added that Alumno had undertaken “in-depth” research on student housing in St Andrews. It found, contrary to Fife Council’s views, that “there is a pressing need for quality accommodation”. Farah Bogani, a second year International Relations student, agreed with McKenzie, adding: “I think we need more accommodation nearer the town centre. It’s not fair that some of us have to commute such long distances.”

Alumno proposed to build the student housing in blocks of “self-contained cluster flats” of up to seven en-suite bedrooms and a shared kitchen. Amenities such as a common room and parking space were included in the plans. According to McKenzie, envisaged rent prices for the East Sands flats were “substantially cheaper than rates currently charged by private landlords.” Alumno specialises in developing student accommodation and has created around 2000 rooms for university students in various UK locations including Edinburgh and London. McKenzie said it will continue to pursue its plans to redevelop the East Sands site. “We are most likely going to appeal to the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals,” she said. A University spokesman said: “the University has not been involved in the application for planning permission”, but that “anything which increases the range, choice and quality of accommodation for students in St Andrews is to be welcomed.”

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all universities and insisted there was little evidence to suggest the loophole was being exploited. Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, welcomed the move. He said: “This will provide the guidance necessary for students from outside Scotland to make an informed choice when applying to come to university in Scotland. “Recent statistics have shown

Agreement, a major milestone in the Northern Ireland peace process, to claim Irish citizenship and avoid paying fees. Whilst the decision has been welcomed by Professor Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland, it has been questioned by some Northern Irish politicians who feel it undermines the Good Friday Agreement. Basil McCrea, an Ulster Unionist Party member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, criticised the decision, saying: “It is not up to the Scottish Parliament to decide on what nationality an individual is, it is up to that individual, protected in EU law. “It is also a condition of the Good Friday Agreement that someone from Northern Ireland can class themselves as Irish if they desire. I expect this part of decision to be challenged also.” It remains to be seen what effect the legislation will have on the number of Northern Irish students accepted to Scottish Universities, already down 19% for this academic year on the previous one.

Scottish government acts to close loophole The Scottish Government has announced it will legislate to close a loophole which allows students with dual EU nationality who have not lived in an EU country to claim EU fees status. The legislation, to be enacted for the 2013-2014 academic year, will require applicant students to provide evidence that they have lived in an EU member state for at least three months to qualify for payment of tuition

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Number of EU students who applied to Scottish universities in 2012, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year fees by the Scottish Government. One such student, Donatello Cizza, a third year studing Spanish and management, lives in Washington but pays no tuition fees as a

result of his Italian heritage. Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell said the legislation “will prevent the use of dual-nationality solely to benefit from free tuition“. Liz Smith MSP, Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman, welcomed the decision, but questioned its effectiveness: “Today’s announcement is long overdue although it must always be questioned as to whether the three-month requirement… is a sufficient length of time to ensure this legal loophole is fully closed.” Whilst students applying to Scottish Universities from the rest of the UK can be charged fees of up to £9,000, European law requires that nationals from other EU countries be treated the same as Scottish students and have their fees paid by the Scottish Government. The Scottish government claimed the move was designed to standardise the process across

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European students not living in EU will no longer enjoy a free ride, writes Alex Hygate

that the number of applicants from the EU has not risen signficantly. “In addition, it was never clear whether applying as an EU student would actually have benefited the applicant, as the student might not have found a place.” Some universities have expressed concerns that Northern Irish students could use a provision in the Good Friday


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of the President’s blog and a mere 15% having looked at it. Beyond the lack of recognition of the current team is the general ignorance of the Sabbs and Students’ Association committees’ roles as a whole. Despite a record turnout at the last elections, which set a new record for a British university and doubled 2011’s result with 4,080 students voting, thanks in part to a new electronic system, it would appear very few students really know what they are voting for. The SRC (Student

Representative Council) and SSC (Student Services Committee) also appear to be shrouded in mystery for most students. When asked, 77% could not tell you what the two groups names stood for, including two previous members of the SSC itself. Even if they could recall what the acronyms signified, only 13% could explain what they do, with by far the most confusion centred around the SSC. This situation is not helped by the Students’ Association website which often comes under criticism for being out of date, with last year’s members of the

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SSC still listed. In an interview with The Saint this week, Director of Representation, Amanda Litherland commented on the state of the website: “I use Twitter and the Student Association’s Facebook page to let students know what I’m doing. The Union website, though, is just not accessible. We’re working on it.” More encouragingly, around half of students would know to go to the Students’ Union if they needed to find the Sabbs and with the current Sabb team having only been in office for a few weeks, there is still plenty of time for them to improve these figures. %of students who understood role of DoES

Amanda Litherland, in an interview with The Saint in March, suggested a range of ideas to get the message across, saying: “I’d like the Sabbs to work with BubbleTV or Rogue to do a regular ‘videocast’ on what we’ve been doing and what’s happening, for example with Union redevelopment.” The new team has had early success with their Freshers’ Week events proving incredibly popular. 81% of students asked, however, would never consider running for a Sabb or Students’ Association position. The Association President declined to comment. % of students who understood role of DosDA

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John Keats keen for opium

The poet John Keats is perhaps most popularly known for his tragedies; his doomed love affair with Fanny Brawne and his untimely death at the age of 25 from tuberculosis. A new book however claims that he was also an Opium user to an extent never previously realised. Nicholas Roe, a professor of English at the University of St Andrews and chair of the Keats foundation, claims in his new biography, John Keats. A New Life that Keats used and relied on the drug far more than any one has previously considered. Professor Roe has emphasised however that although this may come as somewhat of a revelation now, in Keats’ time this would have been as “unremarkable as someone taking paracetamol today.” Professor Roe has stated that the use of opium would have begun when he administered the drug to his dying brother

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The poet John Keats (1795-1821)

Tom in 1818. The drug was “the only painkiller that worked” and Professor Roe believes that during this time Keats also took the drug “to ease tension and to help him sleep.” After the death of his brother Keats apparently continued to take the drug to “salve his chronic sore throat and, as his friend Charles Brown reported, ‘to lift his spirits’.” Professor Roe has suggested that this led to Keats becoming dependent on the drug during

the time he wrote some of his most well known and beloved work; ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’,  ‘Ode on Indolence’ and ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. “The main point” as Professor Roe puts it, is that whilst the use of Laudanum was commonplace for poets like Keats and Coleridge the effects often “demanded expression.” Therefore when looking at

Poetic Inspiration Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Produced perhaps one of the most famous pieces of work known to have been the product of a drug infused sleep, ‘Kubla Khan’ in 1797. Robert Louis Stevenson: Although it is known that Stevenson was a user of opium and hashish it had been suggested that

Keats’ work from 1819 we now have to consider that they may be the product of such a “reverie” that led to him writing ‘Ode of Indolence’. Professor Roe’s own view is that whilst “opium may be a ‘sensational’ subject in some respects, it was also a commonplace matter that became truly extraordinary in the creative life of a genius like John Keats.”

experimentation with cocaine led to him writing the ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ in just six days. Jack Kerouac: While at Columbia University in New York, Kerouac experimented with drugs such as benzedrine and marijuana. This experimentation led to him and his friends developing what they called a “New vision” of art.

Beyond the

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Pakistan by bus

Tahir Khokher, transport minister of the Pakistan-controlled region of Kashmir, has announced what would be the UK’s longest bus route. 4,000 miles in total, the proposed bus route stretches from the city of Mirpur, in the Himalayan foothills, through Iran and Turkey before arriving 12 days later in Birmingham via the Eurotunnel. At £130 the “luxury” bus journey would be less than a third of the average cost of a plane ticket for the same journey.

Slim pickings Armed robbers in the German city of Dusseldorf are on the run from police after holdingup a local fast food restaurant for €0.20 and two chocolate bars worth €1.20 each. The masked criminal duo made off with a charity collection box and the confectionary after setting off an alarm while unsuccessfully trying to open the store’s till.

Spanish lawsuit Cecilia Gimenez, the 80-year-old Spanish woman whose attempt at restoring a deteriorated church fresco brought her to fame, is now attempting to copyright the image and is demanding royalties for profits made from her “artwork”. Her local church in Zaragoza has been charging curious tourists to see the retouched portrait of Jesus, which has been compared by some to a hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.

Linguistic feud The Mexican language of Nuumte Oote or “True Voice” is, like many of the world’s smaller languages, at risk of dying out as its two remaining speakers advance further into their old age. Curiously, however, Manuel Segovia and Isidro Valazquez will not be reminiscing together about the long history of the language outsiders call Ayapaneco as they refuse to talk to each other. Daniel Suslak a linguist attempting to create a dictionary of the language descried Segovia as “prickly” and said Velazquez “rarely likes to leave his home”.


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Campus Virginia

Playboy magazine has ranked the University of Virginia first on its 2012 Top Party Schools list. The ranked schools are the “best places for students to have a good time.” The magazine looks at students’ sex lives as well as university nightlife and sports when choosing the top institutions. Information was taken from feedback given by readers, alumni, students and campus representatives. While students were pleased with the high ranking, campus officials have been less so. “We are demanding a recount. It’s far more important for the university to be known for our academic achievements in teaching and research,” said a spokesman for the college.

Cambridge Almost two-thirds of students at Cambridge University are from state-funded schools and colleges. Following a campaign to boost admission rates despite the rise in tuition fees, the numbers have hit a 30-year high. In opposition, the number of places given to students from fee-paying schools has fallen to their lowest since the early 80s. Cambridge presented the figures to prove that the university is seeking students with “the greatest ‘potential’ to succeed – irrespective of school or social background.” This comes after a warning a few weeks ago from the new head of the Office for Fair Access, Prof Les Ebdon, who said:“highlyselective universities [will] be required to set ‘challenging’ targets to boost admission rates among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Bedfordshire

A University of Bedfordshire study has shown that “physically interactive video game enthusiasts are more likely to exercise for real.” Playing on consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii increased positive moods and beliefs in the amount of control.

St Andrews nightlife under threat Questions raised over Rascals’ late licence could have implications for St Andrews bars and clubs, writes Laura Abernethy Thursday and until 1am on Friday The late night opening hours of many venues in St Andrews are under threat following a decision by the Fife Licensing board to reject an application for an extended licence at Rascals bar. Rascals is currently open until 12am from Sunday until Wednesday, and until 1am on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. They had hoped to extend their licence to allow them to remain open until 1am every day. Their application was denied by the board over worries that noise from bars in St Andrews is affecting tourism. A statement made by Fife Constabulary to the licensing board has sparked concerns that other venues in the area are operating outwith the policy. The policy recommends that bars and clubs should only be open until 12am from Sunday until

and Saturday nights. Dougie Saunders, Fife Constabulary’s head of licensing, explained: “The current policy appears to be adhered to in most premises in central and west Fife. However, in north east Fife there

The noise is terrible. I have lots of complaints from my guests. I am very concerned about my business.

are a number of premises operating outwith the policy.’’ The board are particularly concerned about the effect noise and other issues associated with pubs and clubs will have on the many Bed and Breakfasts and hotels situated in the area surrounding Rascals, The Lizard and the Union. “The board may wish to consider the impact on St Andrews tourism if permanent hours continue to be granted outwith the

policy. “It’s near Bed and Breakfast and guest house accommodation and owners say residents regularly complain about noise impact. They say overseas guests complain about noise from late-night premises in the town centre.’’ Many hotel and Bed and Breakfast owners in the town have echoed the concerns about the level of noise and the impact it has on tourists. Hazel Krane, owner of Burness House said: “I am wakened every night. The noise is terrible. I have lots of complaints from my guests. I feel the publican should be responsible for moving them on after. I am very concerned about my business. We are only a small business and need returning guests.” Paul Wilson, owner of Six Murray Park agreed. “As a guest house owner, we suffer regular complaints from guests staying in our accommodation about the noise in the street. Most guests know St Andrews is a student town and expect some noise, however they do not expect this to go on in

the early hours,” he said. Fife council have confirmed that although licences are considered on an individual basis and some are granted outwith the recommendations of the Licensing policy (2007), the policy is currently under review by the board in consultation with the Fife Licensing forum and other agencies. The new policy will come into effect in November 2013.This decision could have a major impact on the night life of St Andrews. The Union, for example, is open until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and other venues like The Lizard, are open until 2am every night. Second year maths student, Jack McMillian expressed disappointment at news of a review. He said: “The night life in St Andrews is not of the same standard as other university towns. If licensing hours were cut, prospective students may be put off applying to St Andrews because they wouldn’t get the same student experience as they would elsewhere.”

Hundreds of empty rooms still available Jonathan Bucks Almost 300 rooms in University accommodation are still available despite previous concerns that many students would be unable to find a home. Fears arose last year when the University confirmed that they had been unable to accommodate 535 students who had applied to return to halls, an increase of 155 on the numbers who faced the same problem a year before. Concerns increased at the prospect of the largest overall number of applications to St Andrews, a rise of 17%. However, a University spokesman confirmed that there are still many vacant rooms. He told The Saint: “At most recent count there were 299 vacancies in the system. This is approx 7% of total complement.” Carolyn McKay, a fourth year studying Management, was denied University accommodation this year and

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Andrew Melville Hall, recently featured in ‘Never Let Me Go’ as the hospital in which organ ‘donations’ took place. has been forced to live in Crail because she cannot afford to rent privately in St Andrews. “I’m having to spend around £50 a week on petrol to drive into town. Crail’s a nice place to live but I feel really disconnected from my friends in town,” she said. In an interview with The Saint this week, Amanda Litherland, Director of Representation, expressed her surprise at the figures: “This year has been weird, we’ve had too many

empty rooms. “There’s definitely still work to be done though because you still have people queuing outside estate agents on Bell Street at 7 o’clock in the morning,” she said. A University spokesman attempted to explain the high number of empty rooms. He said: “We held back some rooms in an uncertain recruitment environment in order to make sure we met our pledge to offer all entrants a place in hall, and

a number of students accepted our offers of accommodation but didn’t subsequently take them up. “There is also some evidence that the profile of our postgraduate population this year has a higher proportion of local and UK entrants, who traditionally have been more inclined to stay at home or make their own accommodation arrangements rather than stay in University facilities,” he said.


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St Andrews Students’ Association breathes life back into its ancient Coat of Arms Freddie Fforde When researching ideas for the presentation of the Students’ Association 600th publication, the Sabbatical Officers came across a remarkable discovery Nobody knew what the Coat of Arms stood for. The original Coat of Arms of the Students’ Association was first presented as a hand painted image on vellum accompanied by delicate manuscript lettering explaining what it was in heraldic fashion. Unfortunately, this has long since been lost. The Coat of Arms of an organisation can be a reliable statement of its identity. The colourful images are also intricate and attractive designs that lend an air of integrity to their holders. This summer, the Students’ Association has rediscovered the correct Coat of Arms as well as the meaning behind the four images that make it up.

The Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh attempted to identify the image that is found online and on the front of the BESS shop. The response was that this was a totally inaccurate rendering of the image. The new coat of arms (see right) has now been digitally rendered to produce a fantastic and vibrant image. This image is now found on staff uniforms at the bar and will now form a proud and important part of the Association’s identity. The Association is actively looking into clothing and branding that will proudly bear the newly refurbished image and is interested to hear from individuals or groups that wish to replicate the image. The Students’ Association are also looking at ways to replicate the original hand-painted scroll with the hope that it will be displayed in the new building. EXPLANATION OF PARTS Top Left: The University Shield.

Top Right: William Low of Blebo, Rector’s Assessor 1915 – 1936 (before the custom of the position being held by a student). William Low supermarkets were a major retailer before being bought out by Tesco in 1994, including St Andrews’ own. Low was a generous benefactor to the Union (as it was then) and his portrait hangs in Parliament Hall, back left as you enter in a purple gown Bottom Left: Crichton-Stuart family, Marquess of Bute. The Crichton-Stuarts were long time benefactors to the University and Union, most memorably in the Bute building as in many other areas, as well as ‘richest man in the world’ John, the 3rd Marquess and Rector 1895 – 1900. Bottom Right: Henry Wardlaw, university founder STAT SCOTIA STAT AULA: The Union lives whilst Scotland lives. N.B. this is meant in the ‘Students’ Association’ sense, not in the political.

The new Students’ Association logo, which will be displayed in the new Union


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InFocus: Amanda Litherland, Director of Representation Last year Amanda Litherland promised she would “let her experience improve your experience”. She tells The Saint’s Pim Ungphakorn how she plans to achieve this Pim Ungphakorn: What have you focused on during the first few weeks of the new semester? Amanda Litherland: I’m in charge of representing student views on academic and welfare issues. My main focus at the minute has been meeting with school presidents and organising class rep elections. The school presidents give me student feedback on a broad range of issues. They are very good at what they do. I also chair the Students’ Representative Council. Shag Week is the next event we have lined up. At the moment I’m spending my time recruiting Condom Reps! PU: What are the main concerns students have voiced to you so far? AL: The changes to the semester

system, especially the loss of reading week. Staff are also concerned because they used reading week to catch up on marking. We’ll see how it goes. If there are massive problems there is some leeway for change next year. I can’t promise anything but we are taking feedback on board. The advantage is that students now have a massive inter-semester break where they won’t need to worry about exams. PU: Your role relies on effective communication between you and students. How are you trying to achieve this? AL: Students should feel free to talk to or email me - if I can’t help I’ll direct them to someone who can. I’ve started holding mobile office hours. I think students find it much

easier to approach me in places like the library or union than to go up to my office. I use Twitter and the Student Association’s Facebook page to let students know what I’m doing. The Union website, though, is just not accessible. We’re working on it. We’re also setting up a sabbatical radio show on STAR, which will hopefully air on Fridays at 4pm, where we’ll review our week and have a bit of a laugh with guests who are involved in helping the student community. PU: One of your main campaign aims was an academic mentoring system - what’s the latest on that? AL: My aim at the moment is to set up pilots in some schools. Russian, physics and biology are particularly keen, and

medicine already have a similar programme. Sam Fowles - last year’s DoRep - started the project but it hit a brick wall because I don’t believe he planned it thoroughly enough. He wanted to get it all done during his time. I don’t think I’m going to get the entire system running during my year. It’s such a vast project: its foundations need to be planned extremely well for it to work. But I’m optimistic that I can get the ground work done so that the system can begin properly under the next DoRep. PU: Are you still pushing for a 24-hour library? AL: Yes: the library is planning to trial this over the winter e x a m period. The

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librarians are really positive about it as the building is now more secure thanks to the gates. However, I think the library should only be open for 24 hours during its busiest periods: near the end of semesters when essays are due. Regarding the gates, there are also plans to adopt a system similar to the new printing one: students will tap their cards against a sensor. PU: Are there any initiatives that could potentially be problematic? AL: The NUS referendum is going to be interesting. The sabbs have decided not to campaign for either side, although we will ensure that the correct facts are presented. Personally, I like some of what NUS does. However, considering the union redevelopment will cost 12 million pounds, we don’t have a lot of money to throw around. It is ultimately the students’ decision and whatever they decide we will do. In terms of academic mentoring, some university staff members see it as unnecessary. They believe academic parents should fulfil that role and have even gone so far as to suggest I take over the academic family system. I don’t want to imagine the uproar!

Digging up the past

Students’ Association acronyms: a tongue-in-cheek guide

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James Gray

An ‘illegal’ film was shown as part of the university’s hosting of an S.R.C. international awareness week. The feature, titled “Last Grave at Dimbaza”, was filmed by a BBC crew in South Africa to investigate racism and poverty in some of the country’s most deprived regions.

1985

A St Andrews student demonstrated his skill with words by listing an astonishing 3,082 words which he made from the phrase “Great British Potatoes”, winning a check for £100 from the Potato Marketing Board. Andrew Nichol of 54 Buchanan Gardens, who was studying for a degree in Geography and International Studies, beat scores of other competitors for the prize. His closest rival, Mrs Elisabeth Grant of St Madoes by Perth, found 2,800 words

1993

The Dalai Lama received his honorary doctorate from the university today. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, was greeted in true Scottish style by torrential rain and a biting North Wind.

SSC - Apparently this is now called the Union Council, but everyone still calls the Studentervices Council. All the societies of which every student is automatically a member (Mermaids, STAR etc) have their leader sit on the Council. These leaders are elected during the elections in the second semester. They vote on the direction of the Union with regard to societies and extra-curricular opportunities for students. The DoSDA is a senior member of the SSC who reports on its activity to the Sabbs. SRC - This is the other major committee to which we elect members. The Students’ Representative Council is made up of elected members. They are parallel to the SSC and vote on legisla-

tive matters in the Union. S a b b s  - T h e S a b b a t i c a l Officers, Sabbs for short, are elected in the March elections period. They are students who take a year out from their studies to work full-time with a salary for the Union, trying to make the Bop better, among other things. The five sabbatical positions are listed below. Association President – Freddie Fforde currently sits in the biggest chair in the corridor of power. He sits on the University’s governing body, and is in charge of redevelopment and strategic planning within the Union. DoSDA -  Megg Platt co-ordinates the SSC (remember them?) in her role as Director of Student Development and Activities. They’re a time-consuming bunch, but she also works with the Uni-

versity and Careers centre on issues like acknowledging extracurricular activities. DoRep – Amanda Litherland is the current incumbent, and she works primarily in areas such as accommodation, education, welfare and environment issues. She sits next to Freddie on the University’s governing body. DoES – Jules Findlay is the Director of Events and Services. He runs events…and services. Like the Bop…and Freshers’ Week. He pretty much has the best job in the world. AU President – Emily Griffiths is the woman in charge of building a swimming pool, and expanding the gym. It’s a big job, but that’s what the Athletic Union President is paid to do. Of course, that’s not the only thing, but you get the idea.


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We learn more about graduate employment schemes by speaking to a former St Andrews student.

Andy Young, 24, graduated from St Andrews with a First in Chemistry with French in June 2011. He joined Standard Life in Edinburgh on their Sales and Marketing Graduate Programme in September of that year. He is now half-way through the programme. What led you to apply to Graduate Programmes over traditional job vacancies? Graduate Programmes are common in the Financial Services. I hoped to develop both personally and in terms of my career, and I’m happy to say that this has been the case. Graduate programmes open doors to you from the start. Another incentive was the “buddy” system where more senior members of staff help you identify your areas of development and mentor you into the company and industry. The final enticement was the rotational placements arrangement where you are able to experience all functions of the organisation to discover your own strengths whilst making invaluable contacts. How did you decide which schemes to apply for?

Different people look for different things, but the salary isn’t the be-all and end-all. Consider whether the work actually sounds interesting? What’s the corporate culture like (if you can judge in advance)? What are the benefits – such as holidays, health insurance and your pension? Of course, I would say the latter as I work for a pensions company. My priority was to enjoy my work and have experiences and responsibilities to assist me in the future. Tell us about your experience of the application processes? Some companies may stress candidates with surprise questions or time-limited presentation projects. Others may give you lastminute interviews, or won’t pay for your travel – there are many ways to see how much you really want

the job! Standard Life’s assessmentcentre had the usual tricky obstacles but the whole atmosphere was really friendly – I didn’t feel like they were trying to catch me out. Also, you’re taken out for dinner and drinks the night before which helps you relax. Do you believe your time at St Andrews strengthened your application? Definitely. St Andrews University looks good on a CV - you’ve already overcome one of the biggest hurdles by getting into the University. Competition for graduate placements is tough, so any experiences you have from societies or otherwise can help to set you apart from the rest. What tips would you offer to students considering applying for

a Graduate Programme this year? Apply ASAP! Most companies hire on a rolling basis so they’ll close applications once they meet their quota. Also, you don’t want to be travelling the country doing interviews during exams or over Christmas. My advice to penultimate-year students is to do a summer internship at a company you like. These are great for your CV, and often result in job offers, removing stress from your final year (in terms of jobs, at least!). Also, you can often re-use stock answers to questions to speed up filling the

forms – just make sure you tailor each one to the correct company! Did you have any prior knowledge or experience of the industry? Having studied Chemistry with French I had no idea about investments or pensions! I’ve picked up all the knowledge I need and am even taking exams to further my financial knowledge. In fact, very few of us on the programme studied sales/marketing. Any degree can get you into almost any job - although hospitals are a bit of a stickler for medicine degrees...

The George Edward Day Desk Chorley’s Auctioneers are pleased to announce the sale of an important Victorian carved walnut desk with an interesting link to St Andrew’s University. This desk was carved by William Gibbs Rogers (1792-1875) one of the foremost wood carvers of the 19th Century and contains the rare ‘Disciples Edition’ of Georges Cuvier’s Regne Animal, in 20 Volumes. This desk was presented to George Edward Day (1815-1872) on his retirement as Professor of Medicine at St Andrew’s University, a post he held from 1849-1863. The desk was presented to him by 158 graduates of the University and contains an additional volume being a testimonial album containing the photographs and signatures of many of the donors. The desk is surmounted by a clock beneath which is a shield carved in relief with an armorial based on the University Seal.

Auction date 10th October Lot number 206 Estimate £6,000-8,000 View days 8th October 9am-5pm, 9th October 9am-7pm. For more information please visit our current catalogue at www.simonchorley.com or speak to Thomas Jenner-Fust on 01452344499.


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Scottish Independence is Intellectually Objectionable Michael Fraser

Scottish Independence is nothing less than intellectually objectionable. The political justification for independence is internally contradicted; the rhetoric and economic arguments are flawed; and when the Scottish people vote on independence, they will most likely vote based on what are objectively the wrong criteria for such a decision. I recognize these sweeping statements reek of arrogance, but bear with me. At the most basic level, independence is about full political control. Scotland’s parliament has many devolved powers; the remaining economic and political powers are vested in the UK parliament, to which Scotland contributes 59 of the 650 members. Scottish grievances such as the English ‘theft’ of North Sea Oil Money and forced Scottish involvement in distasteful affairs such as the war in Iraq for the most part boil down to Scotland being more liberal than the rest of the UK. The logic then goes that full independence will allow Scotland to establish a rosy liberal Utopia with its oil revenues, as various Scandinavian countries have done. What is wrong with this thinking? Firstly, it is exceedingly undemocratic and illiberal to secede from a democracy because the rest of the democracy is not voting the way you want them to. Secondly, by asserting that secession is the best solution to these perceived problems one is inescapably saying that political dialogue has failed (or is too much effort?). This is significant

because dialogue (and the belief that you can change people’s minds with civilized debate) is the foundation of democracy. Thirdly, arguments for independence on the basis of how much more liberal Scotland will be, generally ignore the corollary of how the political balance in the rest of the UK will swing in favour of the conservatives in equal measure. How do the liberals advocating this justify such a transformation except on the grounds of “screw them, they aren’t Scottish”? Overwhelmingly in this respect, Scottish Independence is a longterm illiberal method of achieving short-term liberal political goals. Do these political issues surrounding Scottish independence even matter? Polls show that: “Just 21% of Scots would favour independence if it would leave them £500 ($795) a year worse off, and only 24% would vote to stay in the union even if they would be less well off sticking with Britain. Almost everyone else would vote for independence if it brought in roughly enough money to buy a new iPad, and against it if not.” So apparently the only thing the voting public at large cares about are the short-term economic effects. It seems to me unethical for political leaders to push for a political decision with long-term wide-reaching repercussions when they know it will be made on the grounds of extremely short-term economic factors. It also undercuts all the flighty rhetoric about Scotland as a nation bound together by history and a shared accent, yearning to be free; when the majority of the voting public would merely like to be told which side will

give them the cash payment for a new iPad so they can get back to watching cat videos on YouTube. The economics of Scottish Independence have been investigated in detail by real journalists, who for the most part agree that Scotland will not be radically better or worse off in the foreseeable future, but that things become very ambiguous in a couple decades when the oil money runs out, the cost of decommissioning oil wells kicks in, the nuclear power plants get decommissioned, and generally shit gets real. The SNP paints a much rosier picture, but their forecasts depend on a rather ludicrous program of economic revanchism by which: Scotland gets all North Sea Oil revenues; RUK pays to decommission them all. Scotland gets all the power from the nuclear plants, RUK pays to decommission them. Scotland assumes no toxic assets; RUK takes care of £187 billion of RBS’s toxic assets. This continues in the direction of “having your cake and eating it too”. The counter-argument the SNP employs is that all the bad things (such as the economic policy which resulted in RBS’s toxic assets) are the result of the government in London. Ignoring the 59 MP’s from Scotland and denying that Scotland had any agency in these decisions is disingenuous. What is even more disappointing about these economic arguments is how they appeal to base prejudices. Inherent in all these demands for a bigger piece of the pie is a belief that the Scottish possess some innate national superiority to the

English, Welsh, and Northern Irish, which is just contemptible tribalism. There is also the problem that the “they stole our oil money” type argument makes a lot more sense in the mouths of people from Shetland, which existed outside of the UK for a lot longer than Scotland, and would have a better claim to be a distinct political entity if only they put more effort into historical mythmaking. Yet the Shetlanders must watch in horror as their local natural resources are used for the benefit not only of people from Shetland, but also a bunch of Scots hundreds of miles away, and a bunch of English imperialists yet more hundreds of miles away. All this aside, the notion that a person is entitled to something because they happened to be born in a place where oil happened to be found, is at its core a very blinkered one of entitlement, which shares much of the asinine logic of upper-class entitlement. I am fully aware that nationalism is in no way a politically discredited idea, but I would like to believe that nationalism is an intellectually discredited idea. To recap: prior to when Nationalism became fashionable, Europe tended to believe that confessional identity should be used to delimit political states, but eventually figured out that religion was not the most important political identity. Nationalism was the next experiment. The human race spent the last century or so figuring out self-determination is no panacea either, and in the long run often made things worse than they were to start

with. Let us not forget that the logic of Nationalism and selfdetermination is that every cultural group needs their own state or otherwise will inevitably be oppressed by the majority group in any multinational state, because everyone is racist. This is sadly still true in a lot of places, such as Sudan, but is it true here in Scotland? Moreover, is this oppression/anti-Scottish prejudice on a scale that the democratic institutions of the UK are powerless to confront? Scottishness is a tribal identity, the same as every other national identity. Nationalism is not a rational concept; the intellectual foundation for the concept of the “nation-state” is bigotry. I believe it is the duty of all forward thinking peoples to transcend petty national identities and embrace more cosmopolitan ones. I believe that to do otherwise is to deny that all humans are inherently equal. By advocating for Scottish independence, one is advocating for a step backwards into an even more restrictive and illiberal tribal identity, which is just as artificial and superficial as the notion of being “British”. I find it disappointing that it is often the most liberal of Scottish Politicians who are advocating this, placidly papering over the illiberal heart of the issue for the sake of shortterm regional political gains. I furthermore believe that Scottish Independence sets a counterproductive precedent by which any region/city/village with oil reserves, a political persuasion slightly different than the national norm, and a convenient historical myth can justify secession.

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Royal Tit for Tat Finally, St Andrews alumnae have really made it big on the world stage, and all it took was a little wardrobe malfunction. I think this could finally put us on the map. Yes, two well respected former students, William Princeguy and Kate Middleton found themselves at the centre of a good old category five media scum storm of late, when they made the mistake of holidaying at a villa without the equivalent of the West Bank Barrier between them and the nearest road. At some inopportune moment Kate made the mistake we’ve all made at one point or another; she took her top off, and either the luckiest Paparazzi in the world, or an incredibly ardent stalker, got the pictures that the world had been waiting years for. Aside from the question of why the couple, knowing the ongoing media fascination with them, chose to holiday in a place like Italy with it’s creeper privacy laws, pundits and stuffy royal correspondents began to argue whether it was in the public interest that they were released. Well, they were out and there was no avoiding that, so the real issue

is whether there was any point at all in trying (far too late) to block the pictures in the courts. Those with a memory stretching back into the great mists of time may recall a similar recent naked incident with a rather related Royal, the ever glorious Prince Harry. The precedent set from a few weeks previously seemed to be that fighting the combined might of press and internet was about as futile as chewing through a prison wall, but with an even more bitter aftertaste. Despite this, the Royals decided to take the incredibly convoluted legal paths necessary to have them withdrawn. What resulted was a slow and drawn out shutting of the Royal Stables long after the Queen’s racehorse had bolted. A legal process taking several days is utterly unable to fight the few minutes it takes people to look online and find the pictures. It’s a waste of time, effort, money, but perhaps worst of all it just drew the story out that bit longer. With privacy laws that vary from one country to another, allowing them to be blocked in good old France but smugly (and unsurprisingly)

Jack Avery published in Italy, even at the most basic level any attempt to block the pictures is absurdly limited. The Olympics thoughtfully took the time to thank Tim Berners-Lee for the World Wide Web and indeed thanks to him, for better or worse, it is now impossible to control information once it falls into that maelstrom of misinformation, amateur pornography and even more amateur opinion. Unless perhaps you’re China, the spread of data is impractical to fight. By dragging out legal contests and debates, all the Royals do is remind people the pictures exist and increase demand to see them. Besides, do people really care if the French see Kate Middleton’s breasts as if they’re some sort of incredibly important official secret? If you think the answer is yes, head to a French beach. You’ll see plenty sets of examples showing that the French concept of what is acceptable to display is unashamedly less prudish. If the worry is that hundreds of salivating greasy French and Italians will be rummaging in their

Tutorial Tribulations Finally, tutorials are well and truly underway once more. After a long summer of academic slumber, we again have the opportunity to share our thoughts and interpretations with one another in the search for enlightenment. How rewarding! If you find yourself agreeing wholeheartedly with the above, then you are a terrible human being. Tutorials are something every Arts student will have some experience of at this university. In theory, they are an ideal forum for discussion and debate in which we might gain a better understanding of the subject matter we study through its engagement with our classmates. The reality is far different. More often than not, I find that the tutorial is hijacked by another

generic knowledge Nazi. You can spot them from a mile away. Before you even take your seats it is obvious who intends to be running the show. They turn up a good ten minutes early, fresh from the library where they have been poring over their tomes of notes on every sentence set in the reading. You have never seen them before because they would rather flick the bean in their rooms to another Marxist-Feminist interpretation of the impact of appeasement than socialise with their fellow students. I like to think there is a degree of general consensus amongst students when it comes to the weekly reading material. Such consensus involves looking over little more than a mere handful of

pockets while leafing through dog eared copies of Closer, I think it can be discounted. What is most bothersome, however, is that these attempts at litigation by a relatively young couple only further the idea that there is something inherently shameful and sinful in the body, particularly the female one. Yes, while every person should have the right to have their privacy respected, an effort to quash the images and pretend that they never happened seems not only Orwellian but also totally futile. A young, attractive public figure like Kate should be teaching women to embrace their bodies, not to see them as family property to be litigated over. A Royal family for the modern age would be better set following Harry’s example, accepting these things happen and realising that it makes them far more human, more relatable than a million staged press events ever could. And yet with Kate, it seems that her nudity is something more shameful,

despite being in the far less compromising circumstances of a loving, human couple being (scandalously!) a loving and human couple. I guess while everyone expects antics from Harry, they wanted to protect Kate’s virginal, unsullied nature, especially given the fact that she and her sister have in the past been so well respected by the media and not objectified in the slightest. There is a dichotomy here between gender attitudes, if an understandable one. Unless the Royals want to be prisoners in their opulent homes, however, they will have to accept that in the modern era hideous levels of press intrusion are a given. Rather than fight a losing battle they should embrace it, use it to show that they’re not out of touch but accept themselves as human like the rest of us. But in the end, what this whole situation really says is that there is an enduring double standard to Royal nudity; one rule for Harry’s sceptre, another for Kate’s globes.

David Earnshaw the content to gain a semi-decent grasp of the topic covered that week. However, there are always those who break ranks and rent out the materials a good eight weeks in advance. By the time the tutorial comes around, they have covered enough of the literature to write a short thesis. In fairness, I can’t really resent this sort of behaviour. If they want to make the most of their degree then I say good for them. Aside from a somewhat greedy approach to the distribution of the limited library resources, they can’t be said to be acting too unjustly. However, this all changes once the tutorial actually begins. From the second the tutor opens the discussion to the floor, they hijack

what should be a balanced and involving debate and turn it into an hour long diatribe in which they rattle off every word of their notes in perfect prose. You can see the panic spread onto the faces of the other members of the group as they realise their chance to impress the tutor is gradually dwindling. On the rare occasion that someone else does get the opportunity to offer their own musings to the group, they are all too often shot down and made to look like an ignorant fool by the keeno in the corner, judging us all from behind her Macbook Pro, notes in one hand, Starbucks chai latte in the other. Thankfully, usually at this point even the tutor comes to the realisation that this character

is just a bit of a prat that likes to show off. As such, they will often ask for a contribution from another member of the class, usually one of the quieter students. “This is wonderful”, I think to myself. Finally, a chance to direct the conversation towards the rest of the group has arisen. “Do you have anything you’d like to say on the subject Maud?” our tutor will ask. Maud quickly peruses her notes. Good old Maud. The hero we need, but not the one we deserve. Our own Dark Knight. I wonder what she is going to come up with to trump the show-off in the corner? “No, not really. I think everything has already been said.” Silence descends upon the room. Oh fuck off, Maud.

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Innocence of Liberty Allen Farrington

The wake of the terrorist attacks on US embassies in Libya and Egypt has been remarkable for the reprehensible ethical commentary it has spawned. A faction has emerged in almost every quarter that would place on equal footing the inflammatory short film The Innocence of Muslims, and the murder of four American citizens amidst the storming of the US Consulate in Benghazi, some even going as far as to assign blame for the latter to the former. This faction emerged on MSNBC, where panellist Mike Barnicle opined that the Department of Justice ought to hold Terry Jones, a pastor who has promoted the film, as an accessory before or after the fact to the murders at the Consulate. It emerged in the last edition of The Saint, in which Lewis Kopman declared that our refusal to apologise for America has caused us to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre… Perhaps it is time, however, that we did learn to sympathise with those whom we have offended or hurt. Most disgracefully of all, it emerged in a press release by the US Embassy in Cairo, also a victim of riotous mobs: “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” The debate will be clouded by those who would pounce on our polite inhibitions towards offence, and so the terms must be clarified: this is not a question of religion; a great and rightly proud majority of Muslims neither think nor act at all like the rioters. I reserve the most esteemed praise for US Congressman Keith Ellison, historically the first Muslim to be elected to the Federal Government, for having most perfectly condensed the proper ethical response: “The amateurish and stupid video that sparked these riots was deeply offensive not only to Muslims but also to anyone who respects the faith of others. It was designed to provoke, and sadly, the provocateurs were succesful. Instead of ignoring or peacefully condemning the film, they resorted to violence and mayhem.” But Congressman Ellison does all

but name the determining factor that should guide our response: culture – not established along racial, religious or otherwise bigoted divisions, but the point of correlation of the individual values and behaviours of the people in our society. Our culture would regard it as appropriate that we ignore or peacefully condemn. The culture of the perpetrators encouraged, if not demanded, violence and mayhem. Our culture embraces, above all, tolerance and responsibility, and so we require a proper understanding of the content of these ideas. Tolerance is not acceptance, nor adoption, nor respect. It is most certainly not an abstention from offence. Hillary Clinton characterised shades of all of the aforementioned when she declared that “America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation,” a statement that, in this context, betrays a heinous misreading of the Religious Tests Clause and the First Amendment to the Constitution, and a holistic ignorance of the principles of the Founding: ‘freedom of speech shall not be abridged and religion shall not be established so that we may practice or criticise religion as we might do any affair, so long as we do not violate the Natural Rights of others, and regardless of the offence such behaviour may cause to a tyrannical and legislatively empowered majority.’ We respect the wall of separation between Church and State so that none may be compelled by force to believe, speak or act in accordance with the religious prescriptions of others, nor bullied when their beliefs, speech and actions cause offence. That every one shall sit in safety under his vine and fig tree entails a safety from assault, not from ideas. Defined properly, tolerance is an abstention from coercive opposition. To oppose the exercise of free speech on the grounds of tolerance is absurd to the point of satire; intolerance alone can stimulate such opposition. While greater degrees of offence may discourage acceptance, adoption, or respect, our culture values true tolerance no matter the provocation. We must not attempt to rationalise the

acceptability of their behaviour, nor denigrate our principled opposition on the grounds of a supposedly unacceptable offence. Consider South Park, a television show that casts Jesus Christ as a disillusioned and gun-toting televangelist. Where were the riots? Consider Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, a book that not only makes cartoonish jibes towards a 1300-year-old prophet, but rather deliberately, even academically, attacks the foundation of supernatural belief of any kind. Where were the riots? While we might expect, at worst, peaceful condemnation, and at best the stimulation of rational debate, there were and are no riots because our culture is one of tolerance and responsibility. To draw a distinction on these cultural grounds as to what can and cannot be tolerated is to grant deference to fanatics on precise account of their fanaticism. We may condemn gratuitous offence, but we may never enact its silencing. Thomas Jefferson said, for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. The picking of pockets and the breaking of legs are injuries that must not be tolerated, as too is the murdering of innocents. True liberty entails not freedom from offence, but the freedom to offend. What are democratic discourse and scientific advance if not an incessant and unrelenting march of obnoxious offences? Those who believe the old are offended by the new. Ought we to abandon the defence of our ideas and submit ourselves to any mode of slavery that might be required by the suppression of any act offending anybody, anywhere? No. In defending the innocence of liberty we offend by intention its debasers. We offend as we are free to offend. We do not compromise. We do not apologise. We avow the true and liberal nature of personal responsibility, lest we take willingly the role of the traveller in Abraham Lincoln’s parable: ‘A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, “Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!”’

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Stirring the Pot Nick Cassella I have no friends of Eastern Asian descent in St Andrews. I have Indian friends, Latin American friends, even a South African friend. I know that I am not the only one in this university who has this amity situation. And I think this is a shame. In both my primary and high school I had many friends of Asian background and they were were erudite, humorous and genuine individuals. This is why it saddens me that I have not had a similar experience here. Obviously it would be fallacious to suggest that I furtively sneak down Market Street trying to locate Asians to go over and befriend. Friendships are unfortunately not so easily manufactured. And I am not so racially conscious that I feel the need to tick ethnic boxes for my friendship circle. Yet, I like to think that I am not a complete social hermit and that I frequent the Union and Starbucks a decent amount. At least, enough to rub elbows with a group that constitutes over 10% of the student body. However, in my three years at this university I can count on one hand the encounters I have had with Asian students. This is not to say that I disregard those that do not speak English as their first language. At the gym I’ve befriended a guy from Senegal, in halls I found interesting people that came from Poland and Italy. So it perplexes me as to why such interaction with such a large part of St Andrews has been non existent to myself and many others. For those of you that accuse my sentiments as being racist, I fear that you have completely misread, and thus, misunderstood my point. I am putting forward a

conversation that we in St Andrews should seriously consider. We, as a community, need to examine whether there is anything we can do to better integrate Asian students into the social fabric of this university. I am not angry at the Asian population of St Andrews for not being my friend. I understand that if I was to go to university in Beijing and there was a large conglomerate of English speaking students, I would primarily keep company with them. I appreciate that familiarity in a foreign land is a special refuge. Growing up, I spent a year on a Micronesian island where my family was one of three ‘white’ families and in my teenage years I lived in Australia for eight years as an American. I understand that these differences are nowhere near as alien as an Eastern individual living in the West would be, but I can (at least ostensibly) recognise that being a abroad is a daunting endeavour. I am writing this article to bemoan the fact that I feel, rather selfishly, that I’m missing out on learning about different cultures and people. I want to hear what it is like to live under the Chinese Communist Party or what decades of stagnation in Japan actually feels like. Outside of the classroom, this is the greatest asset which university gives to its students - the ability to personally come to appreciate and sympathise with differing ways of life and individuals. It is this lack of familiarity and connection that I lament, not that I think Asians are incapable of social interaction. So please, be my friend.

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Preserve the Printed Press Jonathan Bucks As the candle of 2011 guttered in the swirling wind of 2012, another flame was close to being extinguished; in the last twelve months, sales of Britain’s main dailies fell by 6.75%. The start of the new millennium was the beginning of the end for the written press, and ever since, it has been dying a slow and inevitable death. Partly as a result of the advent of online and citizen journalism, and partly due to environmental concerns, old media is on the way out. Gone are the glory days of Gutenberg; Twitter and online news outlets have ushered in a new age of journalism. The unmistakable scent of newspaper ink has been superseded by the characterless Blackberry and iPad. It’s a bit of a no brainer isn’t it? On the one hand you have the

cumbersome, barely navigable newspaper that, once printed, is little more than a relic; on the other, you have the dynamic device, constantly changing, constantly updating. Papers these days are more like a roundup of what the web and Twitter informed me of yesterday. I hand the shopkeeper my pile of coppers and in return he gives me a history book. I wouldn’t say I am oldfashioned but I have a soft spot for the printed press. It’s nostalgia more than anything: fond memories of lazily spent Sundays with piles of papers littering the floor. While my dad peruses the Business Section (at the age of eight, it’s too many words and too few pictures for me), I feast my eyes on the new edition of ‘The Funday Times’. I grew up with papers in my

house: they became part of the furniture, often a reminder that we had passed from one day to the next. Newspapers are historical artefacts, and indeed famous headlines have a place in history themselves: ‘Gotcha’, ‘Freddie Starr ate my hamster’ and ‘If Labour get in today will the last one out of Britain please switch off the light?’, to name but a few. The physical existence of a newspaper is somewhat of a time capsule, a concrete and constant reminder of what has happened. On the 8th May 1945, The Daily Mail declared in emphatic fashion, ‘VE DAY – IT’S ALL OVER’. Similarly, in 2008, The New York Times’ headline read in bold, simply, ‘OBAMA’. How can the cacophony of 140 short burst characters rival the simplicity

and impact of the newspaper headline? Gay Talese’s book, The Kingdom and the Power aptly describes the newspaper as ‘a barometer of society, an assessor of its sanity, necessary proof of the Earth’s existence’. And yet, the first decade of the twenty-first century has seen the demise of the newspaper. In the last twelve years, The Sun’s daily sales figures have dropped by a million; The Daily Telegraph is selling half a million papers fewer than in 2000 and The Independent is barely able to shift 100,000 copies. In fact, in the last twelve years, not one national daily paper has improved its sales figures. Then what should we do? Give up? Accept that the newspaper is a relic of a bygone era, better suited to the British Museum than the local newsagent?

The simple answer, for me anyway, is no. We devour news these days. In two minutes, Twitter will update me of a thousand new events occurring, each reported on more briefly than the last. The advent of online journalism has led to the bizarre phenomenon in which as soon as something happens, it has already been tweeted or blogged about. Newspapers, on the other hand, provide reason, reflection and common sense. And for all the doom and gloom I’ve been prophesying, things aren’t all that bad. The Saint continues to raise revenues from advertising sales as local businesses fight for their name to appear in the latest issue. If they believe there’s still hope for the printed press, so must we. So, let’s preserve the printed press, and not give up.

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The Story of Overheard Michael Torpey

Facebook is not complete for a St Andrews student without Overheard in St Andrews. For anyone who hasn’t discovered the joys of Overheard, it’s a Facebook group for you to post funny things that you’ve overheard people saying in town. From dodgy flirting to drunken misunderstandings to downright absurdity, there have been constant updates on the group for the last three years or so, although none quite as good as my all-time favourite: “What’s the number for 999 in Scotland?” You know where this story’s going. After a couple of years of activity and a growing number of users (at time of writing, the group has 7,177) someone decided that the group would be a fantastic way to contact the entire student base at once, and a lot of posts started looking a lot more like this: “Sorry guys, I didn’t overhear this, but you should definitely check out my Mermaids show, freshers’ week event, sponsored run, research questionnaire, or whatever the hell else I think

everyone else needs to know about right now. I know it’s not meant to go in this group, but it’s important!” To start with, it was something you could ignore. Okay, someone’s spamming a joke Facebook group, but hey, there are still good posts, and my life’s not going to end. But as more and more self-promoting idiots started to see the group as a way to advertise, the pools of junk got bigger and bigger until the entire group was just a sea of spam. That’s when people started to get annoyed, and the war began. Every time a spam post appeared, a barrage of abuse would appear underneath it as everyone leapt to defend their group from the invading spammers. I joined in, and I honestly had a lot more fun flaming the poor people trying to sell tickets or promote societies than I ever had reading quotes. So I kept it up, pretty much only checking the group at all so I could go and shout at people to relieve stress. Now, it’s a bit of an

uncomfortable moment when someone on the group is promoting a charity. You do feel a bit like Mr. Burns if you complain about someone supporting charities by promoting it on a Facebook page. But then, how far is reasonable? A great case, as always, was the KONY 2012 campaign earlier this year. As soon as someone kindly posted a link to the video on Overheard, people immediately jumped in to defend it, pointing out that as a cause it was far too important to be subject to the usual bashing we treat spam with. And we were all happy for about 24 hours, until suddenly someone realised the truth: only hipsters care about African children. It was remarkable how quickly public opinion changed, and the people defending the video not two days before were attacking it as a pointless, self-serving cause abusing an issue that doesn’t really exist. More evidence that people on the Internet don’t make any sense at all, so I just carried on telling everyone not to spam. Eventually people noticed

that it was always the same guy being horrible on all the posts, and some people started calling me the “Overheard Police”. That was fun! The only time it got a bit creepy was when a girl came over to me when I was sitting on one of the sofas in the Union to tell me that she recognised me from Facebook and liked my posts. So, drunk Union girl, if you’re reading this: you seemed very nice, but that was a bit creepy. Also, you have weird hair. The other opportunity this slight celebrity has given me is the chance to write in The Saint, starting from this week. Apparently they want a lighthearted, slightly angry, ranty opinion column for people to read, and “that guy from Facebook” seemed like a good choice. I did write a very good

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article which was meant to go in the previous issue, but at the last minute The Saint’s bloodsucking business manager gave me some story about printing issues and time constraints and told me that article was going to be an online exclusive. And if that’s what he told me, then who am I to question it? I thought about writing online for The Stand instead, but I don’t think I have enough material about the difficulties of finding men in Ma Bell’s to keep it up for an entire year. Anyway, hopefully this article will make it into this week’s issue and I’ll have a regular place to vent my rage other than this year’s relatively peaceful Overheard. Weirder things have happened, eh?


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Striking a chord with our a cappella

Our groups: The Accidentals (top left), The Hummingbirds (centre), The Vocal Bandits (top right), The Other Guys (bottom left) and the Alleycats (bottom right).

Caitlin Hamilton St Andrews loves to sing. For a small, sleepy university town on Fife’s east nouk, we have a staggering array of talented and absolutely fabulous a cappella groups. Please welcome our new faces of a cappella: The Hummingbirds, The Alleycats, The Accidentals, The Other Guys, and The Vocal Bandits. Introduce your group in three words. VB: Mixed, Unaudtioned, Fun TOG: #ifcarlsbergmadeacappellagroupswedbethedom #hashtagsonlycountasoneword #pineapple Acc: Fun, feisty and fierce! What vibe are the new members bringing to the group this year? TOG: Dan “The Crayfish” Stephans and Xander “Levi Roots” Johnson are bringing a splash of crustacean-y reggae goodness to the group. Alley: We were searching for singers who have good vocals for pop, and this year we have some SERIOUS sass and soul voices. Humm: We are friends who

share the same passion for music and a cappella: we hope that our 3 lovely new members will add their own unique personalities to the group dynamic.

Humm: It’s important that you’re not afraid to make mistakes when first learning a part – like we always say in practice, sing it “strong and wrong”!

Which performance are you most looking forward to? VB: The Christmas concert, because who doesn’t love Christmas time? Acc: Opening for Beyonce 2013. Just kidding, probably our first performance as a new group this year. Alley: In two weeks the 2011/12 group are heading to Manchester to compete in BBC Choir of the Year’s Category Finals.

What makes the a cappella scene in St Andrews so vibrant? TOG: American girls with too much time on their hands (i.e. our fans). Alley: St Andrews is SO TALENTED. It’s such a tiny town so the whole social community is a lot more close-knit than other universities, and so we get incredible support. Humm: We think the a cappella scene is vibrant because St Andrews is incredibly diverse compared to other UK universities. Also, it’s a well known fact that Americans love their a cappella!

Who would be your dream collaboration, and with what song? VB: Sam Tsui (look him up on YouTube) - ‘Funky town’  TOG: Jay-Z - ‘99 Problems’ (and TOGs ain’t one) Alley: Willow Smith - ‘Whip My Hair’ What is the secret to a successful a cappella group? Acc: Confidence and attitude: WWBD? (What would Beyonce do?) Alley: White pleather hi-tops.

What aspect of being in an a cappella group is the most and the least rewarding? VB: Performing the pieces is definitely the most rewarding aspect, and it’s fantastic when all the harmonies blend well together. Arranging music can be a very long and slow process but it’s great when the hard work pays off.

TOG: The best part is becoming BNOCs (big names on campus) and getting stalked for photos in the Union/male toilet in MaBells (true story). The worst part is when people think we’re ‘Out of the Blue’ that’s not so cool! Humm: Most: it’s great getting together with friends to do something you all love! And it’s incredibly rewarding when we learn a new song or even a new part and it all comes together. Least: Finding sounds in songs that we just can’t replicate; it is just so frustrating!

Which rival group member do you secretly (well, now not so secretly...) want to steal for your group? VB & Acc: BRENDAN MACDONALD!!! He’s an epic musical director! TOG: As morally upstanding gents, we do not condone stealing. However, if Prince Harry gets bored of The Queen’s Singers, we’d love to have him. #wakingupinvegassolo Humm: Any of the basses from the Alleycats or The Other Guys - girl groups can always use a good low voice!

As a group, which musical performance would you travel back in time to see? VB: The first ‘Voice Festival’ competition in St Andrews to see how far all the groups have come since then.  TOG: Maroon 5 singing ‘Moves Like Jagger’ at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011 (we’ll be watching again this year). Acc: The Spice Girls c.1996. Alley: Britney performing ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ at MTV’s 2001 Video Music Awards. Humm: Even though we’re hummingbirds, the Rat Pack.

Where and when can we next see your group perform? VB: Hopefully the Christmas Concert and the Christmas fair. TOG: The Kate Kennedy Opening Ball, Saturday 6 October. Acc: At Rascals in a week or two. Keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter (@loveaccidentals) for more info! Alley: You can find out by checking our brand new website: www.thealleycats.co.uk Humm: We’ll be performing at the a cappella Christmas concert in December. Keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook.


Caitlin Hamilton tells you about life as a fourth year.

Before I’ve even had time to blink, yet another fortnight seems to have flashed before my very eyes. Unlike the clock of St. Salvador’s chapel which appeared to have stopped ticking momentarily last week, time here in The Bubble certainly does anything but stand still. Not wishing to begin a countdown towards the moment that my days as a St Andrews student reach their end, I cannot help but feel a pang of sadness at the thought of its imminent arrival. Many members of our Saint editorial team are but babies (pfft, second years!), and that I thus experience flashes of intense jealousy at the knowledge that they still have time left. Time in which to continue with a job that I have completely (and rather unexpectedly) fallen in love with. I must admit that my final year as a ‘Saint’ has already contributed to something special. I have come to the conclusion that our team motto should be something along the lines of ‘work hard yet play harder’ (I think that this translated into Latin would be so much classier, and conveniently we have several Classicists at our disposal). Having worked around the clock to publish our first issue of term and launch a brand spanking new website – both of which I am incredibly proud of, well done team! – we then rewarded our efforts by partying into the early hours at our hugely successful Old Course event, warming Ryan into his new old flat, and most recently cheering on as ‘St Andrews, Gray!’ countered Paxman in the opening round of University Challenge. I always knew that I enjoyed all elements of text; at school I achieved my best grades in English classes, I have been an avid reader ever since I can remember, and I take great pleasure in listening to the words and stories of others. Why on earth then did I not know sooner

that the world of print may be calling? Working with such a dedicated, intelligent, and highly focused editorial team makes me equate my hard work with the student paper to that of a full-time, professional job. The writers are eager to provide this section with unique and interesting pieces, and I have now appointed four very promising sub editors to help keep me on track. Keen to ever expand on the section, I am now introducing a science theme to the mixing pot, in the hope of combining my current education with my desire to write and report. Science is not all about the lacklustre, middle-aged, and balding men donning white laboratory coats, and I often think that an overhaul in how the scientific world communicates with the outer is required to break down the rather dull façade often given to the discipline. A module that I am taking this semester is focusing on the question of evolution within human behaviour, which is in itself the most captivating of topics. It is remarkable to read and learn about the scientists (Darwin, Galton, Lamarck, Lorenz, and Dawkins, to name but a few) who managed to advance so radically the way in which we view our species, simply through a handful of influential papers. Science to me is a truly fascinating concept, encompassing everything from the latest photographic updates of Mars, breathtaking breakthroughs in stemcell research, agricultural implementations to prevent mass crop failures, or even studies attempting to understand the intricate spatial memory and learning behaviours of Rufous hummingbirds. How better to communicate these extraordinary occurrences then through the world of publishing? Anyway, I digress. I fear that I may now fancy myself a bit of a National Geographic explorercome-author… Life as a fourth year is still daunting, but by gosh it is also a heck of a lot of fun.

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Marriage in St Andrews: delusion, dream or deed? Natalie Kumeta

An ubiquitous sight whilst meandering through our sleepy coastal town is that of fellow students falling from the impact of Cupid’s bow. Upon joining the University, we are all warned that one in ten of us is likely to marry a fellow student; a comment which at first is shrugged off our shoulders like the Scottish rain in September. St Andrews as a place certainly cultivates a romantic atmosphere. Whether we are treading the cobbled streets to lectures or staring out across the wild sea, there is an aura of wellbeing and satisfaction that few other university towns manage to muster. Our close-knit community and affection for the place engenders an experience that only fellow students and alumni can begin to comprehend. But is the longing for a fairytale wedding more delusional than pragmatic? We were coined as a matchmaking university long before the fairytale Royal Wedding of Catherine and William in April

2011. Their relationship publically highlighted the aspects of life here which is so suited for couples. The question remains as to why current students and alumni feel the need to marry within the ancient walls of St. Salvator’s chapel: is it in pursuit and recognition of the happiness once had here? A wedding is a day to celebrate love shared between two people, and what better place to do it than where you spent some of the happiest years of your

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A newly-wed couple share a kiss by the Cathedral ruins

life? Images of red gowns, kilts, bagpipes, choirs, and sunshine in the quadrangle spring to mind at the idea of a St Andrews wedding; a pretty and familiar sight. However, the dream of a Scottish wedding can sometimes be just that. It can become a futile search for somebody to marry to apease the constant inquiries as to whether the ‘matchmaking university’ has made you its statistic. A friend of mine often states that she is here for her “MRS. degree”, and whether they admit it or not, this view is probably shared by many (female) brains within the three streets. Marrying another student is the ideal in more ways than one; not only does St Andrews play host to a plethora of nationalities and personalities, creating a large and diverse population from which to choose a spouse, but these people are also like-minded and intelligent. Despite all of this, nine in ten of us will not marry someone from our time in The Bubble, regardless of how idyllic a marriage here would be.

The Golden State: a Kiwi’s observation Matt Birchall

Like all students here at St Andrews, I’ve been lucky enough to rub shoulders with a fair few of the many Americans that call Fife home. During that time I’ve been captivated by these fast-talking, gregarious, and proud people. Coming from New Zealand, the chance to meet someone from the States comes few and far between. Most of the time they are over for a six-month ‘holiday’: a period that involves them routinely logging three times the average Kiwi working week and singlehandedly multiplying the national GDP. They obviously haven’t figured out that beach rugby is deemed a legitimate career over in the South Pacific. Rookie error. Therefore, when the opportunity came up to visit the mystical beast that is ‘MERICA, I couldn’t refuse. There is an overwhelming sense of energy that pervades America - it may be slightly crazy, but it sure is exciting. It’s like that cool uncle that gets Grandma drunk on Christmas. You never know what to expect

from him, but you can’t wait for that next family gathering. From San Francisco right through to Auburn you are bombarded with huge freeways, 19 fast-food outlets at every traffic light and bottles of Gatorade that could flood small villages. There seems to be an endless supply of everything, which is difficult to comprehend at first. Whilst it’s easy to criticize this excess consumption, I doubt many people are left discontented with their mountain of pancakes from Denny’s. The Yuba River was a personal favourite of mine not least for the compelling natural setting, but for the social hive that it attracted. After accidently staring too intently at a hippie climbing trees across the river, I got into conversation with a Californian local named Mark. He exemplified Northern California’s keen sense of doing what you want, when you want. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat. Although the cold beer and warm weather may have aided his jovial spirit somewhat. Within a 20 mile radius of this spot along the Yuba, you could go

diving, shooting, four wheeling or completely arse yourself on a rock like I did. Samuel Johnson said that if a man tired of London he tired of life. While true to an extent I can’t recall the last time I heard a Londoner talking about how they canoed out to an isolated island amidst huge pines. Endlessly loading up your Oyster Card seems to be a more common occurrence. After feeling I had got into the swing of things, I was hit with a rather comical reminder that I was indeed an “Alien” as the customs authorities term it. After placing my order at Carls Jr, I suddenly noticed a pained expression on the server’s face. “Excuse me Sir, but could you please repeat that?” I diligently followed his instructions to no apparent avail. When he slowed his speech down to mimic a six year old with a stutter, I quickly realized that he thought I had very little grasp of English. Or should I say American. When he reached for the cups to educate me on what ‘small’ and ‘large’ were, I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the moment.


Saint relaunch - best ball of the year! (not that we’re biased or anything...) Not having to illegally download music - because the record companies have made sure that there is nothing good out there Checking up on familiar St Andrews alumni - via the Tesco tabloid stand White wine spritzers under blankets - staying in is the new going out Or alternatively: - intentionally catching Freshers’ Flu so you can innocently lemsip-trip in Ma Bells Last minute efforts to beautify yourself - Rory McIlroy is in town, ladies! ... Locking up your academic daughters and wives - Hugh Grant is an unstoppable force of nature The colour taupe - because what-the-Fife is it?! Babies in the library - they don’t even have matric cards! VIP fishtank in the Lizard - why would you pay to have people watch you party alone...in the Lizard? Having high expectations for hall food - did you really think kippers for breakfast would be good? Having your email hijacked by all the freshers - shout out to the canoe club! Tinchy Fifing Stryder - as annoying as babies in the library

£100,000 and counting with the Charities Campaign Cyprien Pearson

Most students in St. Andrews probably know the Charities Campaign as “those people who do Race2, right?” but over the last week, The Saint had the opportunity to sit down with Cat McGillivray, Sophie Franklin, and Kelsey Gold of the Charities Campaign to once and for all hear the ins and outs of this amazing society. “If you’re a student in St Andrews, you’re already a member,” they stress. Although they are one of the most humble societies in St Andrews, they are arguably the most successful. Throughout the year, the Charities Campaign hosts the Hamilton Shield Competition, an inter-hall fundraising competition, and sends their mascot Rory McLion to student events in order to get involved with student life. The annual springtime RAG (Raising and Giving) Week has previously featured a range of purple-clad activities from fine food fayres to ceilidhs and sangria nights to open mic. Yet, perhaps their

The Charities Committee accompanied by their mascot, Rory McLion.

most notable events are the sponsored student races called Race2 and Jailbreak that take place over holidays and send students sprawling out across Europe in aid of a good cause. After all of their efforts last year, the Charities Campaign raised a staggering total of £100,424.52, which they donated to their six nominated charities: Médecins Sans Frontières, Macmillan Cancer Support, Families First, The Royal National

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Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Children Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Nonetheless, Charities’ previous success can be seen to be extending to further achievements as they turn their attention to student outreach programmes and continue to gain community recognition. With an unprecedented fundraising goal of £125,000 for the current academic

year, they are encouraging all students to “get involved! There’s something for everyone and if there’s not we’ll create it.” The recent announcement of Race2 Prague has already gained much interest both in the Charities Campaign and among the student population with its new timing in the academic calendar. Additionally, several elected committee positions are up for grabs this year and no matter what level of study or course, Charities encourage anyone interested to run. Of course, Charities also welcomes students to help out in a smaller way. Their many bake sales throughout the year could use a host of bakers; their weekly cloak room at the Union’s Bop needs volunteers; and students are always wanted when the Charities Campaign has one-off events to organise. In other words, whatever students are interested in, the Charities Campaign guarantees there is something for everyone. www.charities-campaign.org.uk

University Challenge: St Andrews: Gray! James Gray

In almost every era, every institution, and every demographic, there are some programmes which everybody watches every week, without fail. Dallas, Only Fools and Horses, Neighbours, Big Brother (before it got rubbish), TOWIE, and, in a very small percentage of the population, in which most of us find ourselves, University Challenge. In my own family, University Challenge (henceforth known as UC) holds something of cult status. My mother wanted to adopt Gail Trimble. Seriously. I had to tell her that Gail probably had her own parents already. I don’t think I have ever heard her more proud than in October last year when I told her I had been selected to be the captain of the St Andrews team for the 2012/13 series. The next twelve months were a rollercoaster of emotion which can only really be explained through interpretative dance, but

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I’ll do my best here. At first, one is of course totally elated. Any chance to go on national television is naturally exciting, and to compete in something that makes your father utter “I’m proud of you”, is a fantastic opportunity. What is most fascinating about the next three months is the unbelievableamountofpaperwork required to compete in UC. There are disclaimers, assurances of university attendance, passport photos, availability schedules, I could go on...Fortunately I was in the middle of the second year of a Classics degree, so I had plenty

of time on my hands to dig out 8 years of educational records. Fast forward to February and I’m on an all-expenses-paid (20p per mile, and one night’s bed-andbreakfast) trip down the M6 to Granada Studios in Manchester. It is one of the slightly confusing things about the filming of UC: although screened by the BBC, it is filmed by Granada, although of course both companies are now based mostly in Manchester. I arrive, check in to a ludicrously over-priced hotel and spend some time getting to know my room, trying out the trouser press, and making sure that all the channels

work on the TV. I’m not due at the studios until half five, so now it’s just a waiting game. I exhaust the supplies of free coffee pretty quickly, and opt to go for a wander around central Manchester, new territory to me. We didn’t get on set until half past eight, and I don’t mind telling you it was the most nervewracking experience of my life. I can’t really talk about everything that goes on behind the scenes, trade secrets and that; what I can say is that off set, it’s not all that glamorous, although I did get the chance to have a cigarette with Jeremy Kyle behind the recycling bins. For those of you who didn’t see it, we were defeated by a narrow margin by an experienced Bangor University, a former poly in Wales. I am proud to have represented my university and happy to have done it. However, watch out for a bitter Viewpoint piece about post-graduates being allowed into the competition...


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Our town: Not the place for women’s issues?

An isolated university town with a phallocratic past, home to a male dominated sport and plenty of gentlemen’s clubs: does St Andrews lack an audience for feminist issues? The more I think of St Andrews and feminism, the more I begin to believe they are contradictory words. This is the place where, at the admission of female students, male students allegedly cast away their mortarboards with outrage into the North Sea. Admittedly, this was around 1892, but perhaps these sentiments live on if you consider that our first female Principle, Dr. Louise Richardson, was denied the gift of membership to the R&A Golf Club, an honour bestowed upon her two male predecessors. No wonder then, that she seemed keen to support the Kate Kennedy Fellowship which styled itself as a revised Kate Kennedy Club, and whose membership would not be exclusively male. But when the KK/KKF split happened last year, despite

women’s representation being at the centre of the argument, the mood of the students seemed to be one of general ambivalence and disinterest. “If Strauss-Kahn had visited St Andrews, I’m sure there would have been student protests like the ones we saw in Cambridge”, Elena Georgalla, President of the University’s Feminist Society, tells me. She refers to the event

earlier this year when hundreds of students clashed with police over Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s invitation to debate at the Cambridge Union. The former head of the IMF had been accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid. “St Andrews is a small isolated town and it’s difficult to get speakers to agree to travel this far. We are also far from the eyes

of the national media”. Elena makes a good point: unlike the cities of Oxbridge or London, there exists here in St Andrews no obvious local audience with whom to share political statements. But when Gordon Brown visited last year in February, student protests revealed there are ad hoc activists who rely on the impetus of there being a major speaker in town.

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I have a feeling that general activism which can be found at other UK universities might not be of interest to many of our tweedclad students, and especially not to some locals who treat student frivolities such as Raisin Weekend as an annual mini-apocalypse. Elena assures me that the society is well established with almost five-hundred on their mailing list (male and female) and members who often travel to Edinburgh for events and protests. “We held a very popular feminist question time in Lower Parliament Hall last year. The reasons why we oppose the concept of ‘Men in suits, women in leather’ are obvious”, she points out. “There is a need for a Feminist society in St Andrews, even if it simply reminds women that they should be allowed to reach their full potential. There certainly seems to be a place for women-related issues in St Andrews, even if they’re not being dealt with in an obviously or stereoutypically feminist way. In our picturesque and isolated town of quiet academics, perhaps that image just wouldn’t suit us either?

The world famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

Organ trafficking in Kosovo: an insight Lamija Piño

Last September, the Serbian Republic Television Serbia (RTS) interviewed an anonymous Kosovo rebel who voluntarily met with Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecution. During the interview, the rebel member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) described in detail how he himself had removed a Serbian prisoner’s heart, starting the procedure while the prisoner was still alive and conscious. “They gave me a scalpel. I put my left hand on his chest and began cutting. When I got near the bottom [of the ribs], the blood started pouring… As soon as I started cutting, he began screaming and begging me not to kill him; then he lost consciousness. I don’t know if he fainted or died”. This is just one of many claims of organs being harvested from Serbian prisoners for the

long rumored black market organ trafficking, which began during the 1990s Kosovo conflict. The authenticity of the testimony is questioned by all. Kosovo and Serbia are not strangers to mutual conflict and lately Kosovo has been making concrete steps to achieve greater independence from Serbia. Thus, the tape has surfaced to the general public at a politically convenient time for Serbia. Even the president of the Serbian Fund for Human Rights, Natasha Kandic, publicly questioned the authenticity of the tape. These claims of illegal organ harvesting are being investigated by the EU-named US prosecutor John Clint Williamson and Council of Europe reporter Dick Marty. In a hard-hitting 2010 report, it was alleged that senior KLA commanders (including current Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci)

were involved in illegal organ trafficking. Of course, Thaci as well as Albania have denied the accusations and condemned Marty’s report. Prisoners were apparently transferred to Albania, organs harvested near the northern Albanian town of

personal memoir, which was published in 2008, explaining that while serving in her official capacity with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), her office received information “from a team of credible journalists”

“They gave me a scalpel. I put my left hand on his chest and started cutting...he began screaming and begging me not to kill him...” Kukes, and finally transported through the Tirana airport. Although organ-harvesting theories have endured for as long as the conflict itself, renewed interest for the case is accredited to former UN Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals in Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte. Del Ponte voiced allegations through her

claiming that in the summer of 1999, between 100 and 300 KLA abductees were transported into northern Albania. The memoir explains that “some of the younger, fitter captives, who were kept well fed, examined by doctors and never beaten, were transferred to other holding facilities.” The abductees were then allegedly taken to a room where journalists

reported that doctors extracted vital organs in an improvised clinic, which were in turn transported to Tirana’s airport for sale on the black market. When most people think of the Balkans, they think of prolonged ethnic conflict, mass rape, concentration camps, and now, illegal harvesting. In the 1990s, when war once again broke out over territory of what is now ex-Yugoslavia, many Western European states were surprised such bloody conflict was possible on European soil (concentration camps were formed again for the first time since WW2), but did little to diminish its bloody reign. Today, claims of illegal organ trafficking in Kosovo have yet again surfaced. It is obvious that even though open violent conflict has stopped, the region is still haunted with old strife. Will European states react this time around, or just voice their outrage?

The views expressed in the above articles do not represent the views of The Saint, but are individual opinions.


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The English Baccalaureate: the Where are they now? end to dumbing down? Olly Lennard On 17 September 2012, Michael Gove announced the educational reforms concerning Key Stage Four examinations. The English Baccalaureate is set to begin in 2015 and will include compulsory core subjects: English, Maths, the Sciences, a humanity subject, and languages. The EBacc will be introduced “to raise aspirations and restore rigour to our examinations”. It is possible for every child to succeed, and the government “are explicitly ambitious for all children – and believe that over time [Britain] will catch up with the highest performing nations”. However, the fact remains that for every child to achieve, they need access to good teaching. Perhaps with one common exam board, it will be easier to identify underperforming schools. One exam board means that boards will no longer be competing for business by lowering standards, therefore eliminating the race to the bottom. However, as John Bangs

(former Head of Education at the NUT) argued, it appears that the government are ignoring the current achievements of young people – our generation who did take these ‘dumbed down’ exams and apparently lack aspiration. Nevertheless, not all schools do currently opt for the more rigorous exams, and by having an overarching exam board every student is set the same (higher) bar. There will be an end to the two-tiered system that is deemed to “cap aspiration”; exams will be taken at the end of two years with harder questions; coursework will be removed from core academic subjects. In other words they want to move back towards the O-Level style examination. Named the English Baccalaureate, the reforms automatically bring to mind the International Baccalaureate, a qualification that is valued all over the world and is an alternative to A-levels. The government want the EBacc to compete with education systems across the world. So why dismiss International GCSEs?

They don’t cover Shakespeare and they are deemed to be much harder than GCSEs. Are they too hard and therefore too risky for the government to implement? Teachers, universities and employers, have mostly welcomed the EBacc Certificates, as reforms promise a solid academic foundation. The EBacc does not look like it will particularly foster creative thinking or initiative, but with good quality teaching you can still encourage students to think imaginatively and outside the box. However, as to whether these reforms will be a success and offer an internationally competitive education, only time will tell. I am just glad that I am not the guinea pig. Illustrator: Monica Burns

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Meteor shower lights up skies Raonaid Ryn & Tamara Eberhard

A spectacular meteor shower was recently seen over the UK, stretching from Edinburgh to Norfolk, and even as far north as the Shetland Islands. These amazing meteors, which appeared shortly after 11pm on 21 September, were not predicted and have left leading experts puzzled as to where exactly they came from. Meteors are visible trails formed by space debris that can be up to a meter wide. The debris itself is heated by atmospheric pressure, releasing a long stream of glowing particles and gas, and in most instances these showers can often be predicted years – sometimes centuries – in advance. The meteors which we just experienced were unusual in that they were exceptionally large and bright and, travelling at only 18,000 miles per hour, relatively slow-moving. This gives us a clue that they might have originated somewhere close to earth: some

experts believe that they were pieces of a broken-up satellite. Over a thousand satellites are currently orbiting the earth, and many of them will eventually fall through the atmosphere – and so for those who did miss the fireball, opportunities to view meteor showers will reappear aplenty over the next three months. The Draconid meteor shower is active between 6 and 8 October, peaking on the 7th. The last century witnessed some spectacular Draconid storms, and while no unusual activity is predicted for this year, observers are encouraged keep an eye out for potential storms. Draconid meteors are also remarkably sedate, so showers should be observable throughout the evening of the 7th. The Orionid meteor shower makes its appearance before dawn on 21 October, with an average of fifteen meteors per hour. Fastermoving than the Draconids, the Orionids often deliver bright fireballs and lingering trains. In early November, dedicated

sky watchers can look out for the South Taurids, which produce only about seven meteors per hour, peaking just after midnight on 5 November. The North Taurids offer similar numbers between late evening on 11 November until dawn on the 12th. One of the most famous showers of the year, the Leonids, emanates from the constellation Leo and will be observable on 16 November. The Leonid shower has produced as many as a thousand meteors per hour in the past, its most prolific being in 1966. However, observers should also be prepared for disappointment as the Leonid has also been known to growl rather than roar, providing as few as ten to fifteen meteors per hour. Finally, the Geminids will be peaking around 13 December, a favourite with meteor-watchers, as it gives the most consistent annual showers of fifty or more meteors every hour. It also starts earlier, around 9pm or 10pm, the perfect show for those who value their bedtime.

looks at the private lives and career paths of some of your most cherished childhood icons.

Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in Mexico, was born in 1953 as a distant cousin to more successful murine celebrity Mickey Mouse and eventual great uncle to Stuart Little. He came from humble beginnings, born the youngest of a litter of ten living under a Chipotle restaurant in Durango, and growing up speaking Latin, the official language of Latin America. Through an eventual business partnership with Sylvester the Cat and the Walt Disney Corporation, Speedy became one of the most famous cartoon stars of his age. Walt Disney himself took an immediate shine to Speedy, mainly because he wasn’t Jewish. But trouble brewed behind Speedy’s life of parties, glamour and cheese. As time passed, Sylvester and Speedy were eclipsed by rising cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry. In addition, due to his trademark sombrero and accent, Speedy came to be viewed as an offensive Mexican stereotype, which led to him being dropped as Sylvester’s partner in favour of Tweety the canary. His relationship with Minnie Mouse ended when he left Disney, and tabloids later mockingly exposed that the title “fastest mouse in Mexico” was in fact a reference to Speedy’s premature ejaculation. Undaunted, he returned to his first talent, running extremely fast, and tried his hand at Olympic sprinting only to be disqualified from the 1976 Montreal Games after testing positive for stilton. Little did Speedy know worse was to come: in June of 1979 he was deported in ignominy back to his home country having been exposed as an illegal immigrant by Basil the Great Mouse Detective. Here began a darker chapter in Speedy’s life. National exports of tacos and novelty sombreros were at an all-time low as Mexico’s stereotype-dependent industries moved abroad. Mexicans faced an economic crisis, felt all the more painfully by mice because of the greed of corporate fat

cats. Speedy tried to return the justice and fairness to the people that had been denied them by reigning military dictators Pinky and The Brain, and in doing so sparked off the bloodiest Mexican revolution in the country’s history. Having been established as the revolution’s leader, Speedy formed a militia and started a campaign of nationwide destruction, political intimidation and cheese robbery. During the years of conflict that followed he orchestrated the murders of Bagpuss and Garfield, as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks, prompting much international celebration. When Pinky and the Brain were eventually overthrown in 1985 after a protracted struggle, Speedy became ‘Admiral Field Marshall President-for-life Gonzales’. Official records were tampered with, and stated that Speedy had descended bodily to Earth on a chariot made of Brie in order to liberate the oppressed mice of Mexico, and that he was prophesied to usher in a golden age of prosperity by re-opening the Gorgonzola mines. Although Speedy did re-open the mines as promised, the forecast economic growth was slow to arrive because of a national cracker shortage. Speedy died in 1999: official state media reported that he was killed by a heart attack, though some believe that he was secretly assassinated by the CIA working in conjunction with Hong Kong Phooey. His term as Mexico’s leader was characterised by controversy: though he was responsible for much bloodshed and terror he was also an inspirational figure who brought stability to the region. Often remembered for his first passion, running very fast, he has been listed as an athletic inspiration by the likes of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Sonic the Hedgehog. Olly Lennard is a second year comedian and actor. You can follow him on Twitter, @ OllyLennard.


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The Events of the Week

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Thursday 20th Class Representitive Voting Thursday 4th Voting takes place this week for class representatives, so make sure you get your say! The class reps will be your voice in the Staff-Student Consultative Committee meetings for the next year. Choose wisely! Voting closes Friday October 5th at 17:00.

IDEAS conference Friday 5th St Andrews’ IDEAS conference offers speeches, interview training and discussion panels with CEOs, risk strategists, leading bankers, and consultants. The event, presented by the Carnegie Club, takes place in Lower College Hall from 9:00 – 18:00.

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Come along to Lower Parliament Hall where the port reception commences at 19:30, and the debate kicks off at 20:00. Red gowns are encouraged! Friday 5 October

Saturday 6 October

SITARA 2013 model auditions Monday 8th-Wednesday 10th Ladies are encouraged to wear heels, figure hugging clothing, and minimal to no makeup. Men are asked to wear block colours and jeans. Everyone’s welcome, so if you have ever fancied yourself a model, head to Venue 2 between 16:00-20:00 and try out!

Charity Opening Ball Saturday 6th

This black tie event, hosted by the Kate Kennedy Club, promises a luxurious evening on Lower College Lawn. The event boasts a champagne reception and top entertainment, from DJs Gentleman Jonny and Craig Wilson to The Other Guys. In support of Brain Help Scotland, the event starts at 20:00. Tickets are £35.

Sin City Saturday 6th

Pier Walk Sunday 7th Sundays in St Andrews means a flood of students in their red academic gowns. A longstanding tradition in the University community, students don their robes and warmest clothing for a walk down the pier (and back!) with their fellow peers. Be in Sallies Quad for 11:00.

Debate: This House fears the rise of China Thursday 4th

Sunday 7 October

Saturday nights at the Union are for Saints and Sinners! Kicking off at 22:00 in Venue 1, who can say no to £1 drinks?

Reclaim energy Sunday 7th

Monday 8 October

Hosted by People & Planet and St Andrews OneWorld Society, this is the finale to Green Week St Andrews. This programme is free to everyone and includes workshops, speakers, and films encouraging everyone to do what they can for the environment. 10:30 – 17:00 in the Union.

S.H.A.G. Week Monday 8th Tuesday 9 October

Let’s get Bongo’s @ Rascals! Tuesday 9th The (in)famous Bongo Ball holds its launch night in Rascals at 21:00. To commemorate, Rascals has created a signature Wednesday 10 October cocktail, ‘Mmm….Bongo!’ The money raised from the ball helps support the Xavier Project, which provides educational opportunities to refugees in Uganda.

With a Sexpresssion Session, hosted by Medsin, at 13:00 in the TV Room and the ArtSoc’s Sexual Health Talk at 20:00 in the Barron Theatre, S.H.A.G. Week 2012 promises to be bangin’!

Speed Friending Wednesday 10th Presumably like speed dating, this event takes place in Venue 2 at 20:00. Don’t be late or someone may snag your mate!


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Hockey sticks down, paint brushes up - London 2012 isn’t over yet Unless you have spent the last few months living under a rock then you’ll know that London was the place to be this summer. However, on the off chance that you missed the television coverage; tweets; emotionally manipulative adverts for washing up liquid; and bizarre mascots that look a cross between Homer’s Polyphemus and a character from Spongebob Square Pants, then allow me to fill you in. This past summer London played host to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, bearing witness to a rise in national pride and morale. It was like we each had an adorable corgi showering us with love and affection. I assumed I would hate the Olympics. All that goodwill and that ‘show must go on’ positive attitude made me want to crawl into a nice shadowy corner and

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Tucked away on the top floor of the Union is a buzzing hive of media activity this week as St Andrews Radio flicks all of the switches and the ‘on air’ lights are turned on for another year of broadcasting. The Saint‘s Stephen Jenkins spoke to Broadcasting Officer, Kate Reid, about what the next year has in store for the St Andrews’ airwaves. The Saint: For those who are new to St Andrews or who have been living in a shoe for their entire time here, what is STAR? Kate Reid: STAR is the only radio station in St Andrews, run by students for everyone who has a computer. We are news, events, sports, as well as loads of different shows with everything from political debate to folk music and rap and music to game shows, there’s something for everyone!

complain. Not to mention the amount of sport interrupting my treasured ‘Homes under the Hammer’ and ‘Cash in the Attic’ morning routine. However, I honestly could not have enjoyed it more. One hungover and sunburnt day on holiday with friends we watched 11 hours straight. From a giant inflatable Voldemort to the Spice Girls the whole thing was amazing. Not to mention the extraordinary feats of human ability at the Paralympics. However, then it was over, and what my mother calls ‘pricked balloon syndrome’ kicked in. The excitement was past, the sun, if it had even been there at all, was gone and all that lay ahead was doom, gloom and dissertation. Or so one might think. Whilst the fact that I will have to do my dissertation this year remains; doom and gloom need

not register on the horizon and national pride may continue, as the Turner Prize is yet to come. For those who aren’t aware of the ins and outs of Nicholas Image: Paul Noble/Gagosian, London

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Public Toilet by Paul Noble is one four works shortlisted for the 2012 prize Serota or the Stuckists, the Turner Prize is a contemporary art award, set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. It is often met with shock, debate, protest and catchy titles

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have so much enthusiasm for their shows, they put a lot of work in and we really appreciate that. TS: What are you planning on doing differently this year as opposed to previous years? KR: Nothing too drastic. The playlist system that we had in previous years is not going to happen this time around. A couple of years back there was a big kerfuffle about STAR making people play certain music, which was never really the intention. So basically, people can play whatever music they want. We will have a ‘STAR’s listening to’ playlist which we’ll play overnight when shows aren’t on air. We also have a new music blog starting which will be run by our Music Team.

TS: Are you excited for the upcoming year?

TS: Do you think STAR adequately covers and caters for the diverse musical tastes in St Andrews?

KR: Definitely! It’s been very stressful getting everything up and running, but it’ll be worth it. Once we’ve put all our efforts into making it happen, there’s that beautiful feeling when you can sit back and watch it all happen organically. Presenters

KR: Definitely! Every genre is covered. We have many shows that play various genres and many shows that play particular decades of music such as the 90’s and the 00’s. We have a folk show, a rap

show, an Americana show, basically everything. The students bring with them a great variety of musical taste; they all have their different individual interests. A lot of musical societies have their own shows: RockSoc, SoulSoc, Music is Love all have shows, and they bring with them their own musical niches. TS: As well as having plenty of music shows, you also have a lot of talk shows. What kind of stuff do students want to talk about on the radio?

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from a Tabloid paper I shall leave nameless. If you love art it is a must see. If you love to hate art you shouldn’t miss it. If you simply love a hyperbolic opinion then get yourself down to the Tate Britain from 2 October. However, controversial or not, the Turner Prize has helped foster interest in contemporary art, particularly British, and is recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for art in Europe. It also rewards the winning artist with £25,000 and the other nominees receive £5,000 each. I think it is wonderful that we are part of a nation that can see the potential in nurturing and rewarding talent, whether the talented are artists or long-distance runners. It also involved the Cultural Olympiad, hailed as the ‘largest cultural celebration in the history

of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements’. This reached into many areas of culture in Britain and included a range of projects by artists who were encouraged to use GB as a blank canvas. The Turner Prize, and the artists it favours, may not appeal to everyone, just like I was always more adept with a paintbrush than a hockey stick at school. However, I found a source of inspiration and pride in the Olympics that we as Brits could achieve so much, try so hard and be so encouraging and supportive to others. I see no reason that this spirit cannot stretch to other areas of our lives, with a renewed interest in art and the Turner Prize as more than just a sounding board of what is wrong with society being the perfect place to start. The Olympic flame may have gone out, but the sense of national pride it brought need not.

KR: We have a lot of people interested in doing political shows this year. We also have several comedy shows this year; we listened to their demos and the whole committee were in stitches crying with laughter, so we’re really excited about them.

SJ: You’ve acquired yourselves a very fine looking mascot, what’s his story all about?

TS: What are you most looking forward to this year with STAR? KR: All the new shows! I’m excited to see all the new people bringing their enthusiasm to the station. We’re just looking forward to making things happen and being one of the biggest and brightest student groups. TS: What aren’t you looking forward to this year? KR: The massive amount of work! But we have a strong committee who are working diligently away in the studio as we speak and together we all bring various skills and we make it happen. Running a radio station is a full time job and yet we’re all students. I really respect the committee for the amount of work they put in. I know I’m going to be bringing a sleeping bag here and sleeping in the studio, but it’s ok, this is like my second home and it’s always warm, which is nice!

KR: [Laughs] Several years ago, STAR decided they would have this symbol which was this monkey listening to headphones and it got taken to a crazy level – we had monkey suits and banana suits that would get brought out. But then people decided they didn’t want the monkey anymore so he disappeared for a while. We then had our t-shirt design competition last year and Toby Marsh designed an excellent t-shirt which had the monkey listening to headphones on it so, naturally, we thought the monkey has to come back, he’s been resurrected. SJ: Does he have a name? KR: No, actually! Maybe we should get him one; maybe we could do a poll on the website. SJ: What’s he listening to on those headphones? KR: STAR of course!

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Al Hughes is a local blues musician and prolific songwriter. His sixth orginal album Dancing In The Minefield came out last month. Students might best know Al from his performances at Aikman’s, The Saint’s Music editor, David Hershaw, went to chat with Al about his music and why he keeps returning to St Andrews. The Saint: The first question I want to ask you is: how does a Scottish guy, living in Markinch, develop such an authentic mid 20th century American blues sound? Al Hughes: It’s just kind of evolved I suppose. Listening to bands like Cream and Savoy Brown, the British blues bands, you hear these songs. The first time I ever heard Robert Johnson’s songs or Howlin’ Wolf’s stuff was by British bands doing it, and a lot of people took that for what it was and never went any further with it, but a lot of other people wanted to investigate it further. So it came from that I guess, although I’ve never sat down and consciously tried to sound like anybody, you just absorb things and develop ways of playing. It’s a very natural process.  TS: The students of St Andrews

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Man in blues: an interview with Al Hughes will know you best from your performances at Aikman’s; what keeps you coming back?

AH: It’s got a great buzz about it. It’s noisy and sometimes you think no one is paying the slightest bit of attention to you, but I honestly can’t think of a gig that I’ve done there where somebody hasn’t come up at the end to say something complimentary or buy a CD. It’s also nice to play to an audience that are slightly different to my usual crowd, there are a few less grey ponytails in Aikman’s than at the Blues Festivals I play. And I do think young people are more open minded about music now than they were. Going back to the punk era, people used to be very dismissive of certain types of music and I know from my own children that young people listen to all kinds of stuff now. TS: Are there any future plans for your band Lights Out By Nine?

once you get into the way of recording it sparks things off and then you have another idea and another idea and another idea which is nice because you have stuff to choose from and you don’t have to put out the things that, for whatever reason, didn’t turn out the way you thought they might. 

AH: We’re still together although we’re not playing as much as we used to. The band’s been together for a long time; in fact this is our 25th anniversary this year. We’ve got a gig next month and after that I don’t know what will happen. But the band’s still ticking over.

TS: How do you think things have changed for live musicians and songwriters in the last few years?

internet makes it a lot easier to get your stuff out there. But you’re still really in the position of just trying to get your stuff heard.

TS: Do you see Dancing In The Minefield as being particularly different from your previous ones or is it a continuation of where you left off?  AH: It’s a wee bit different. The last two albums were really just vocals and acoustic guitar and I wanted to do something that was edgier and more textured. Hence, there’s two or three more electric sounding things and we recorded the vocals for some tracks through harmonica mics and old crystal mics just to roughen it up a little bit. There’s a couple of nice acoustic things on it as well but it’s a little bit different. 

AH: I kind of write in fits and starts. Usually when I’m recording I start with about 12 songs and by the time we’ve finished I have about 20, because

AH: It’s always been difficult. A lot of people are quite conservative about the music they listen to and if you go into your local bar or club then most people want to hear things they know. So it’s really about finding the right places to do it. I mean there are more opportunities to have your music heard now, there are more open mic nights and acoustic music in particular is more high profile than it was at one time. Likewise the

nutter occasionally throwing in a spin. However, as the venue was filled and the drinks were downed, people started providing the energy that the music deserved. From James Brown to Amy Winehouse, via the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, the playlist felt lodged in an endless crescendo moving seamlessly from one classic to the next. Trips to the bar became difficult to judge and the ‘oh my god, they’ve only gone and played it’ scream of recognition that often accompanies the start of a song soon became a futile gesture. By the time the night finished with The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ the dance floor was a haze of swinging knees, hips and hands. Whatever was lacking in technical finesse was more than made up for in enthusiastic limb flailing.

Whilst the song selection was flawless my one complaint, based on a comparison with the same event last year, was that the lack of an actual live band meant that the night lost a lot of the immediacy and variation that made last year’s gig so great. Obviously Itchy Feet are a group of musicians and the schedule and the line up will always be different at every event, however the combination of DJ and live band last time lent itself to a sense of anticipation and gave the dance floor a common focus which is lost when listening to a DJ playlist. This aside, it was a night fuelled by upbeat classics and dubious dance moves that never failed to impress. Itchy Feet provided a night of respite from the inane, auto tune songs which clutter playlists everywhere. Something Getting into the swing of things at Itchy Feet St Andrews needs more of.

TS: In recent years you’ve been a prolific songwriter, with your new album being your sixth original album. How would you describe your songwriting process?

TS: Two quick fire questions to finish. What is your favourite song on the new album? AH: ‘Giving The Blues A Try’ TS: If you had to recommend one album to the students of St Andrews from any point in time which would you choose? AH: Captain Beefheart - Safe as Milk

More Itchy Feet, less pelvic thrusting

Thursday night saw the return of Itchy Feet to St Andrews and with it the promise of musical gems from the genres of Swing, Soul, Funk, Rock’n‘Roll and a smattering of Rhythm & Blues and Ska. In a world where ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY has nearly 300 million views on YouTube and is number one in a despairingly large number of countries, one can’t help but view the music industry with a sense of horror and existential despair verging on suicidal. For those who haven’t seen it, the video consists of a guy from South Korea pretending to ride a horse in an array of everyday locations; one scene has him in an elevator, underneath a man pelvic thrusting manically, whilst staring

at the camera with the cold, dead eyes of a killer. But before you throw yourself off the pier at low tide there are places of refuge from this madness; the Union on Thursday night was one of them. Itchy Feet label themselves ‘the homeless party’ as they tour around the country with a group of DJs and live bands providing classics from the musical past. Venue 1 was slow to fill up but by about 11pm the groups of milling people started to resemble something of a dance floor. Initially, there was a stark contrast between the dynamic swing dance sequences being projected onto the big screens and the actual dancing that was happening amongst the stifled students of St Andrews; think Dad dancing at weddings, one step forward, one step back, with some

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Babel Mumford & Sons Island 7/10 Following the immense success of their debut album Sigh No More, which earned a shortlisting for the Mercury Prize as well as the prestigious title of Best British Album at the BRIT awards, Mumford & Sons are back with what is anticipated to be another huge success. Fresh, raw and wholly inspiring, Babel is a combination of all the ingredients which made the band such a phenomenon to begin with: the distinctive, heartfelt vocals of frontman Marcus Mumford; his poignant, often mantra-like  INDIE

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lyrics; and the rather refreshing bouts of frantic banjo - but with a slightly darker, more rustic twist. The album contains an interesting mix of style, with tracks like ‘Babel’, ‘Hopeless Wanderer’, and the album’s official lead single ‘I Will Wait’ containing the exuberant energy and charm so well-received in their debut album. Softer, more subdued tracks such as the

eerily beautiful ‘Holland Road’ and ‘Below My Feet’ betray more tormented sentiments. While each track contains the band’s trademark flair for beautiful melodies and precision in craftsmanship, one minor criticism may be that the album appears fairly less daring than its predecessor. Perhaps most of the band’s fame is in the fact that they do not sound like anyone else currently

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scaling the pop charts, and yet Babel does not stray incredibly far from the band’s roots. While Mumford fans will still find many of the tracks culminating in frenzied chanting, speedy strings and God-talk, Babel is not an album which is going to rock the world of music as much as Sigh No More managed, in spite of the three-year gap between their releases. But this record is by no means a sophomore slump. Every track is guaranteed to keep fans and new listeners alike satisfied with its energy and astonishing precision, and serves as a reminder that Mumford & Sons certainly have not lost an ounce of what made them great.

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Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet comes

The maestro of complex electronic noise mosaics returns with this soporific jazz feast of an album. Muse - 2nd Law

Mr. Bellamy and co ditch the fret hammering and songs about apocalypse for dubstep and songs about feelings. God help us all.

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Atlantlic Records 6/10 Out this week is State Hospital, the precursor to Frightened Rabbit’s fourth studio album which is set for release next year. In the meantime, their new five-track EP will give adequate satisfaction to followers of the bearded bards from Selkirk. There are several defining features of this project that set it apart from the group’s back catalogue. Most predominantly there is a subtle new lyrical dimension; frontman Scott Hutchinson has announced that he has become weary of introspection and self-centred material. The EP reflects this decision, in that the songs are instead based on the tragedies of others, not himself. The fact that the opening track is nothing short of spectacular gives the impression that his decision was right on the money. The immaculate opener is as close to perfect as Frightened Rabbit have ever come: it tells the story

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of a young girl in social distress and isolation and her resilience in adversity. Her tale is as delicate and sensual as it is powerful and gutsy, and the acoustic, synth and drumming accompaniment is classic Frightened Rabbit: beautiful, timid folky sounds growing in volume and number, leading to a glorious cathartic climax.  Honestly, the masterpiece that is the opening track eclipses the rest of the EP, and worth the purchase alone. Second track ‘Boxing Night’ is a lovely, quiet number, but owns nowhere near the insight or sweeping force of its sister.

The following three tracks let the record down to a large degree, each as unmemorable as the next.  But if we consider only the first track, which was announced to be the only song on the EP that will appear on the full album, this work shows the same elegance, charm and impressive lyrics as the band’s last two albums, with the two years since the stunning Winter of Mixed Drinks thankfully taking little toll on the band’s unique sound. So listen to State Hospital, listen to the opening title track, be blown away, and leave it there. Jonny Elswood

Lucy Rose’s story is one that anyone of any professional pursuit can learn from. Five years ago, I had a chance to talk to Lucy and compliment her on her music. It was only a conversation that lasted an hour, but it was enough time to learn that the young singer was both determined and passionate as well as a character that deserved to get somewhere with her music. For the next five years, I watched Lucy slowly produce more music, gain more fans, and even sing alongside Bombay Bicycle Club on their album Flaws as well as on tour. Now, Lucy has produced her debut Like I Used To and it is surely a piece illustrating the years she spent practicing, performing, and hoping to get somewhere with her talent. Fans of any modern folk artist, in particular Laura Marling or Noah and the Whale, and maybe even artists of other genres like Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine, will find Lucy Rose just what they need to fill up those weekday nights when the sun chooses to start going down earlier. The thing is though, Lucy is better than these artists. She has more soul

and a voice that profoundly sings her lyrics in a way that captures emotions perfectly. Every song on the album deserves a listen, but the songs “Middle of the Bed”, “Night Bus”, “First”, and “Be Alright” reveal Lucy’s thoughtful words and contemplative mood best.  These are the songs that have been with her from the beginning. The album as a whole is brilliant and is surely one for that person in desperate need of reflecting underneath an autumn tree beginning to shed its leaves. Although the album could have some louder songs on it, the biggest problem is that Lucy simply forgot to put the song “Bull To the Red” among the tracks.  This can be heard on her live YouTube performance of songs like “Bull to the Red”, which show Lucy Rose to be a unique artist who will surely continue to improve and amaze her loyal fans in the future. Christian Manley


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Sinister Dir. Scott Derrickson 7/10 After opening with a Super8 film showing four people eerily hanged from a tree branch, Sinister lives up to its name; building tension constantly throughout the film. This is a movie which will scare not just the faint-hearted, but hardcore horror film fans too. We follow Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke), a true-crime writer, in his quest to write the best book of its kind a decade and several flops since his bestselling ‘Kansas Blood’. Oswald moves his family close to former crime scenes, attempting to bring the case to light and to justice through his writing – a practice his wife does not like. Moving to a new location (that of the opening scene), she is unaware that they will be living in the house where his latest case occurred; a family was drugged and hanged, and one child went

sensitive; a thinker with a love for music and literature which enables him to settle in to a new group of similarly minded, though much more extroverted, friends. His negotiations with this new life and his own troubling past form the backbone of a film essentially about being young. Casting is always going to be the primary concern of a film like this. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief) may be a little too old and a little too handsome to make Charlie’s emotional openness stand out as a reason to be loved; but his quiet, hesitant performance and friendly likeability are enough to carry the act. Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) plays an energetic, Patrick, and he is the driving force behind the film and

the major source of humour, even when plot revelations begin to darken the tone. Emma Watson is of course the major draw, in what has been seen as her move away from Hermione - despite again playing the female third of a gang fronted by an emotionally damaged teenage boy. Her performance as Sam isn’t great, with a flat American accent and stilted emotional engagement with the other actors. It seemed she was holding back when the character demands a freedom and energy, making it slightly harder to accept Charlie’s infatuation with her. Chbosky hasn’t tried anything difficult here, and in many ways this resembles the classic high school coming-of-age movies of the eighties and nineties. Not until the

denouement’s flashbacks, blackouts and fractured editing, depicting Charlie’s sudden unravelling, does the film do anything more than tell a simple story in a simple manner. The novel’s notable structure, comprised of letters Charlie sends to an unnamed friend, features only loosely and infrequently. There are two important results of this: some aspects of the plot have been fleshed out to make sense visually of what Charlie has described in the novel; adding weight but removing some of the heart and closeness key to the appeal of both book and film. Secondly, some of the dialogue is, frankly, toe-curling. What comes personally and privately from Charlie in the novel is transferred dismally into real-time speech;

but he promises that the book he will write in the house will be a huge success: things will be better; he will make lots of money; they will live happily ever after. A family moving into a haunted house is by no means an original horror film plot, yet this film is an incredibly effective piece due to the director’s unique style and the incredibly frightening

atmosphere he creates. More of a detective thriller than a slasher (thankfully), director Scott Derrickson manages to keep the film quite downto-earth even when dealing with the supernatural, through careful cinematography, low-lighting, and the brilliantly menacing soundtrack of Christopher Young. The director also cleverly uses the 8mm films to portray murder in a hair-raising way. The film is almost a one-man show, with Ethan Hawke looking old and tired as he portrays a has-been struggling with both

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missing. Shortly after moving in, as Ellison commences research for his book, he discovers a box in the attic full of 8mm films containing different family outings, in different locations and times, ending with the families being brutally murdered. As Ellison starts to work out the connection between the murders, his own family becomes threatened by them. We know from the beginning (and the title) that something bad will happen, though there is a constant motif of the promise of happiness. The children and Ellison’s wife don’t want to move,

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Re-encountering a prominent feature of your adolescence can be a sad and strange thing. Like meeting an old friend and realising you have nothing left to say to one another, re-reading the book your teenage self fawned over is often chastening. Things change, and the person you were can suddenly appear alien. Similarly, finding these memories translated into something else - from comic to screen, from Shakespeare’s Globe to an American High School, from Cohen and Buckley to Alexandra Burke - is usually annoying, if not completely disastrous. Stephen Chbosky has taken the unusual step of adapting his own novel ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ for the big screen, using the project to make his directorial bow. Whether this says ‘writer keeping control of his work’ or ‘project no one else wants’ is debatable. One thing is certain, however; in his hands, the film remains in close contact with its source material, unlike most literary adaptations. The Perks of Being a Wallflower tells the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman), an awkward, introverted teen beginning his freshman year of high school, slowly making friends and quickly falling in love. He’s

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Watson’s surprised exclamation that, like Charlie, she “loves The Smiths!” or their agreement that “everything sounds better on vinyl” sound mawkish and sentimental, with an embarrassing faux-hipster twinge. Moments like this somewhat spoil an otherwise solid adaptation to film of a better book. Unlike many high-school movies, this one is at least honest in its idioms and its characters: Patrick is coarse and funny; Sam has a reputation for drinking and sleeping around. Chbosky hasn’t tried to hide the realities of modern teenage life, nor exploited them, and doesn’t try to say much more than what growing up can be like. He does this with cinematic simplicity and a strong soundtrack, befitting a film about teenage New Romantics. Perks isn’t perfect and it feels weirdly dated, lacking the visual punch or quirkiness of, say, Moonrise Kingdom or Submarine. It stays as true to the story as it can but pales in comparison to the novel, and will surely not have the same level of impassioned following. For those who haven’t read the book, Perks won’t offer much that you haven’t seen before. For those who have; it isn’t right. But it could have been so much worse. Lewis Camley

his personal and professional life, as well as with the apparently haunted house. While Hawke (the only big name of the film) delivers a fine performance, the same cannot be said of the supporting cast, perhaps because their characters - as often in horror films - are poorly written. The dialogue, Sinister’s biggest weakness, doesn’t help with character development either, seeming almost unnatural and unnecessary at times. Sinister has a more interesting plot and style than most contemporary horror films. Though it may rely on its lead to carry the film, the thrills and kills along the way make this an exciting thriller which is satisfyingly scary without leaving the audience disturbed or sickened.

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Emily Hill It’s so easy in St Andrews to get caught up in student life; you can wander from the library to the Union to your halls and fill an entire day without venturing into the town (with the possible exception of Tesco). Well it’s time to burst the student bubble and remind you all of our local theatre, The Byre. In the coming month there are 28 different opportunities for entertainment at The Byre ranging from art exhibitions to

opera, theatre to film. Tonight, Thursday 4 October, you could temporarily escape from the library or the Lizard and submerse yourself in a different culture by reliving the history of classical Indian dance through film and performance. However, if you prefer the here and now, then tomorrow night offers Manran, award winning modern Gaelic music, while Saturday night presents a brand new production of the classic opera La Traviata, sung in English by Scottish Opera.

The Saint’s Emily Hill spoke to David Orr, Head of Marketing & Development at the theatre. The Saint: What are you most excited about in the coming month? David Orr: I’m looking forward to St Andrews Literature Live on 26 and 27 October. It’s a new event and I am excited to bring so many writers together. I’m particularly looking forward to hosting Jeremy Bowen (former Middle East correspondent for the BBC). I am also looking forward to our second screening of the National Theatre’s, The Last of the Haussmans, (Thurs 11 Oct). I couldn’t attend our first National Theatre screening so I am eager to enjoy this one! TS: What productions would you recommend to students?

DO: It entirely depends on what you enjoy! We are very fortunate as the Byre provides such diversity in its artistic programme. Also St Andrews has a lot of students from abroad and often they haven’t experience a traditional British pantomime before, so they definitely should come and see something like Snow White.

Party - by ex-footlight and BBC writer Tom Basden. A comedy about politics for people who have no idea whatsoever about politics. and promises to be a witty as its author.

Coming soon away from the St Andrews stage Dundee Rep Spirit of Dance 2012 - 3-7 Oct, 7.30pm, Matinees Thur, Sat, Sun.

DO: I think a theatre is at the heart of any community, and the Byre is no different. The experiences you gain from either performing or watching theatre stay with you. People travel from across the country to enjoy the Byre, so the theatre also plays a role in increasing visitors to the town.

The return of a smash-hit dance show by popular demand. Contains a variety of styles from flamenco to Irish. Edinburgh Playhouse Phantom of the Opera - until the 20 Oct, 7.30pm, Matinees Thur and Sat 2.30pm. A new production of one of Andrew Llyod Webber’s darkest and most celebrated musicals. Edinburgh King’s theatre Haunting Julia - 9-13 Oct, 7.30pm, Matinees Wed and Sat 2.30pm. The first UK tour of the critically acclaimed London production of Alan Ayckbourn’s haunting study of grief, obsession and the supernatural.

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MS is often described as accelerated old age, and Alison Peebles gives us a glimpse into the effects of such a disease through an artistic medium in which worth is very often derived from appearance. Peebles has been involved in show business from a young age and has enjoyed a long and illustrious career. Her performance in My Shrinking Life, a project of her own conception, is an affirmation that her own diagnosis with MS is by no means an ending to her stage career. My Shrinking Life does a commendable job of highlighting the real physical and mental agony of a debilitating disease, as Peebles visibly reconciles who she once was with what her condition has forced her body to become. This loss of control is palpable from the first moments of the play when she makes her entrance by walking down the stairs onto the stage; a simple feat for most but a dramatic, stomach clenching trial for her. Still, a jaunty, if ironic smile remains on her face, with every facial twitch a small, self-aware performance in itself; fitting for a lifelong actress portraying

a lifelong actress. A child actress (one of the two young performers, Amy Gallagher and Alice Young, touring with the show) portrays the younger version of Allison, her high, girlish voice clear and strong as she lists the drugs she has taken (LSD and cocaine among others,‘butneverheroin’).Sheremains present throughout the show, and delivers an exceedingly mature and wise performance, despite having limited spoken lines. She is always on the edges of the action, often near the wheelchair parked ominously in the corner. The wheelchair represents total dependence, but Peebles is not ready to resign herself to such a fate; some of the most powerful scenes are based around reminding the audience that while she may move more slowly, she is neither childlike nor an invalid and does not deserve to be treated as such. The other members of the cast, Katie Armstrong, Thomas J Baylis and Hanna Stanbridge (all professional dancers) chaotically leap about the stage as Allison sits calmly in the corner, sometimes sucking a lolly, sometimes sipping red wine, her withered legs curling in on one another. Stacking the cast with trained dancers creates a strikingly beautiful

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physical aspect to the production, highlighting, rather than attempting to mask what cannot be ignored, presenting a startling illustration of the degeneration caused by the disease. Still, a perfect body does not necessarily denote a perfect mind and a perfect life as the young cast is quick to assure the audience, and each of them deliver strong performances. My Shrinking Life uses sharply contrasting, often surreal images to shove the audience member towards the uncomfortable conclusion of

inevitability; the idea that to waste time being unhappy is a waste of life, a waste of health and a waste of a capable body. No one is in control and no one can predict where they will be tomorrow or next week or in ten years. These ideas are far from original but their portrayal, while occasionally bitter, is never desolate, resulting in a powerful and inspiring piece that does a wonderful job of understanding and sympathising with victims of MS. Emma Moore

Edinburgh Festival Theatre The Rise and Fall of Little Voice 15-20 Oct 7.30pm, Matinees Wed and Sat 2.30pm. A star studded production of this Olivier Award-winning comedy which sparkles with a story of music, divas and romance.  Theatre Royal Glasgow The Magic Flute - 17-27 Oct 7.15, Afternoon Sun 4pm. Scottish Opera take on Mozart’s most inventive opera under the ever successful direction of Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Higlett.


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Tasha Cornall When thinking about fashion, and fashion photography, Dundee is not necessarily the first place that comes to mind. The Victoria & Albert museum, who are to open a sister site in Dundee in the coming years, is set to change that. ‘Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography’ is the second collaboration between Dundee’s McManus gallery and the V&A (the first being a Jubilee exhibition of Cecil Beaton’s portraits of the Queen), featuring famous works by giants such as Horst P. Horst, David Bailey and Tim Walker, as well as lesserknown and unpublished pieces. The title of the exhibition, ‘Selling Dreams’, is, in my mind, exactly what fashion photography is about: the clashing together of aspirational dreams and commercial demands. Whilst working at Vogue magazine, photographer Irving Penn once said that the role of the fashion photographer was “selling dreams, not clothes”; the exhibition aims to explore how photographers such as Penn have constantly pushed boundaries and experimented with their creativity, heightening tension between them and the businessoriented editors and designers

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Raonaid Ryn Doctor Who is not really cult television anymore. It was the most-downloaded show off iTunes in 2011 and is a money-pot for the BBC, one the top 5 highestgrossing shows which made a combined £308.1m in 2011. But that it still feels like a cheeky little secret speaks wonders of the show’s energy and determined likeability. (And its use of injokes. Game of spot-the-Stetson, anyone?) Series 7 is broken up between the autumn of 2012 and spring of 2013, part of the show’s 50th anniversary bonanza overseen by Steven Moffat, who is entering his third year as the show’s head writer. The show sometimes seems

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they work for. The layout of the exhibition is roughly chronological: the gallery is divided into periods of 10 or 20 years, which each period focusing on a particular issue or aesthetic ideal. The viewer is taken from the beginnings of fashion photography in the early 20th century right up to contemporary works, charting not only developments in photography

as a medium - from cumbersome studio cameras, to handheld, to digital - but also changes in aesthetic and beauty ideals. These changes appear almost cyclical, from the posed society girls of the 30s and 40s to the 60s’ more natural and journalistic approach to today’s semi-posed dream sequences and fantasy narratives. Almost every photograph in

the exhibition either featured in or was originally shot for Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. Greater variety would have been more informative, particularly since the literature accompanying the exhibition touched on the influential work of magazines such as The Face and i-D. I noticed one piece of street style photography in the mix - of course it was by Scott Schuman, aka The

Sartorialist - but was disappointed to find no mention of The New York Times’ Bill Cunningham, who I, as well as Schuman himself, consider to be the original street style photographer. In fact it was disappointing not to see more of the art of street style as a whole; this particular hybrid of fashion photography is exerting an incredible amount of influence over both editorial and promotional works at the moment. Of course, with limited gallery space and such vast archives at the V&A, there were always going to be gaps in this exhibition. It was interesting to see how there were very few instantly recognisable faces, supermodels such as Kate Moss, in the exhibition; this drew the focus onto the talent and artistic skill of the photographers, rather than the fame of the subjects. On the whole, ‘Selling Dreams’ is a good introduction to the history of fashion photography for those interested in the field, and the accompanying literature does a great job of explaining the background and techniques of various photographers. The exhibition is running from 28 September until 6 January 2013.

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indebted to Moffat. He excels at the stuff of childhood nightmares, and when the episodes are given over to other writers, the series can suffer. It leaves you wondering: why can’t the BBC’s star show find enough great writers to fill up fourteen episodes a year? But that aside, Series 7 is off to an exciting start. After the edge-of-your-seat storyline of the last series, in which the Doctor’s imminent death hangs overhead from the beginning, this one has let up the pressure. The Doctor is free to bumble around in a series of stand-alone episodes, and it’s fun. In the first episode, “Asylum of the Daleks”, the Doctor meets Oswin, a brilliant Junior Entertainment Manager who is dispatched in a wonderful and

typically Moffaty twist. The second episode, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” – which for a few minutes tantalizingly evokes the classic “Carnival of Monsters” – lapses into silly filler that plays for time until the Doctor can be put on a triceratops. The third is a Whovian Western called “A Town Called Mercy”, and it’s brought to life by a fantastic supporting cast which includes – yes – the Stetson. In the fourth episode, “The Power of Three”, the domestic life of companions Amy and Rory rather amusingly overshadows an alien invasion and the death of a third of the world’s population. And we get to see the Doctor paint a fence in double time, like Tom Sawyer on crack. The midseason finale, aired

29th September, is “The Angels Take Manhattan”. The titular angels are the fantastically creepy Weeping Angels, living statues that can move only when you’re not looking. (You may never look at New York’s most famous landmarks the same way again.) The BBC announced months ago that Amy and Rory bow out in this episode, but the way it happens still leaves you breathless. If there is an underlying theme in this series, it’s the Doctor’s darkness. He’s feeling his age (he is over 1000) and doesn’t mind a little cold-blooded murder if it’s called for. It takes Amy and Rory to keep him from straying too far to the dark side. At its most interesting, the series borders on film noir, so thin is the line between the good guy and the

bad guys. It succeeds because the exceptional Matt Smith can turn from broody to bubbly on a dime – and because at its heart, the show is still just a wonderful romp. Illustration: Fergus Halliday

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John Terry Will Be Missed by England

Slovenia? The media has created an idea that once a player is past 30, he can’t walk, let alone play football. I disagree completely. I would say at 30, players reach their physical peak. In 2008-09, for example, Nicolas Anelka scored more goals in a season than he had ever done previously. On top of this, players in the 30+ bracket have a considerable amount of experience, something that can’t be overlooked, especially at international level where games aren’t so frequent. I know people will argue that he is a controversial character and with him ruled out of selection there will be greater squad harmony. Pardon the cliché but John Terry is a born leader. While at an England game I was lucky enough to sit so close I could hear the players talking to each other. Actually, let me rephrase that: I was lucky enough to sit so close I could hear John Terry constantly barking orders at

the rest of the defence. Surely his quality and leadership on the pitch outweighs any dressing room debate he brings? There have been a few journalists and pundits that have tried to predict England’s team for the 2014 world cup. Out of

“John Terry is a born leader whose quality and leadership outweigh any dressing room debate he brings” the many potential teams that have been proposed, only a select few contained Terry with most choosing Cahill and Phil Jones instead. I completely agree the likes of Sterling and OxladeChamberlain should be featuring

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When the news broke that John Terry had decided to retire from international football my initial reaction, along with most of England’s, was without doubt one of shock. At the same time however, the news made me feel strangely happy. The term Schadenfreude springs to mind; it was nice to see a man unpopular with most football fans (myself included) have to give up playing for his country, all as a result of his off-field antics. To say that John Terry is a ‘scumbag’ would be a very polite way to describe the man who brings with him such wellpublicised baggage. However, before we all run off to Tesco to buy party poppers and silly cone hats to celebrate the beginning of the end for JT, I feel this news is no reason to celebrate; in fact, it’s quite the contrary. Let us quickly forget about his indiscretions and consider John Terry, the player, not John Terry, the man. You don’t captain the best Premier League team ever (the 2004-05 Chelsea team that got 95 points), win a Champions League and earn 78 caps for your country if you’re a bad player. In fact, to say he is the one of the best and most devoted English centre backs of all time wouldn’t be an exaggeration. Need I remind you of his head-first dive attempt to block a shot against

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in the England scene but it seems we are becoming obsessed about replacing our current team with the ‘next generation’. We have created an idea in England that younger is always better. I however have not completely bought into the idea and John Terry could not have made it to Rio. In the most recent major international tournaments, the players that seem to shine are those with a lot of international experience. Out of the 23 players in UEFA’s teams of Euro 2012, 7

were aged 30 or above. Come the knockout stages, younger players need an experienced head to help lead. Would Italy have made the final of the Euros without the 33-year-old Andrea Pirlo dictating play? A 33-year-old Fabio Cannavaro was integral to the Italy team that won the world cup in 2006. So barring a Jamie Carragheresque return to international football, come 2014 John Terry will be sat at home watching the matches. All at the tender age of 33.

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“John Terry was the finest defender the England team has had for generations and we threw him away, even after he was cleared in a court of law. He was born with the captain’s armband on. I don’t care what he does off the pitch, that’s no one’s business. On the pitch he is professionalism enshrined. No footballer more willingly sacrifices his body for the cause. He truly is a captain, a leader, and a legend.”

“The same problems which have been apparent since 2009 remain; Liverpool’s inability to score goals and reliance on an aging Gerrard in midfield, continues to plague them. The 3-0 loss to West Brom perhaps shows how far Liverpool have fallen. However, the performances against the two Manchester teams leaves me wondering how the same team can outclass the previous two champions and yet draw to Sunderland and be annihilated by Arsenal in the intervening weeks.”

“After the hard fought victory against Liverpool last weekend, things are looking up as a Manchester United fan. The victory reminded fans that the old United desire still runs deep within today’s squad. Facing a potentially turbulent time ahead due to a certain lack of central defenders, it is pleasing to see that the ‘Ferguson effect’ still has the ability to pull us through when the inevitable last minute dash occurs. After all, everybody knows that form is only temporary, class is permanent.”


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Sport in Focus: Korfball

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The Saint met with Edward Sawer, University of St Andrews’ Korfball Club, to talk about this remarkable sport... The Saint: Korfball is probably a completely foreign concept to most of our readers. Could you explain a little bit about how the sport came into being, and how it is played? Is it a new sport? Edward Sawer: Korfball is a Dutch sport that was founded in 1902 by a Dutchman named Nico Broekhuysen. It is a mixed gender sport, similar to basketball and netball. There are four guys and four girls in a team. There are two divisions, each division has two guys and two girls. One division attacks, the other division defends. They swap after two goals. One cannot move with the ball. Guys can only mark guys and girls can only mark girls. If one shoots and the defender marking them is within arms distance of the ball, the attacker cannot shoot. The aim of the game is to shoot the ball into a post 3.5m high. Korfball came to St Andrews in 1992 when Rosie Henshaw, a keen netballer, was inspired after a Dutch team came to demo the sport here. TS: How did you yourself start playing? ES: Way back in first year I was casually reading the AU Club guide to see what to play on the Wednesday give it a go day. I came across the name korfball, I had never heard of it, so I went along to see what it was. The atmosphere was friendly, the game was fun, everybody started as a beginner and when I somehow scored my first goal, I was hooked and I never looked back. TS: St Andrews have a pretty unbelievable record nationally and internationally in korfball. Why are we so good? ES: Thank you! We have a great team spirit. In the club all members of both teams get along, we all train together have fun, and we just work hard on skills and teamwork. All team players know exactly how each other is going to play and we can train this early because as everybody starts a beginner, the team cohesion is wonderful.

TS: How easy is it to get new people involved with the club and the sport? ES: I would say it is easy. As everybody is a beginner, all boys and girls are welcome to come along and either play recreationally or try out for the teams. We are very friendly and involve everybody in all trainings, social and keep everybody as involved as they wish! TS: Do you think you lose some potentially excellent korfballers to other more mainstream sports, like basketball? ES: Maybe, lots of people try out initially and choose basketball or other sports in the first week, but this is no more than most sports. We have many members who are involved in other sporting societies and have other committments. Former AU President Andrew Hall played international standard korfball for England (and first team korfball for us) while President of the Basketball Club, so it is possible to remember both skill sets. TS: What are your hopes for this season and the future of korfball in St Andrews and the UK? Europa Cup glory? A British professional team maybe? ES: Maybe not a professional team quite yet, however we still have high aspirations! The 1sts will be determined to repeat their league and nationals success this year, whilst giving experience to first team members of the future. Another Europa Cup qualification would be excellent experience for all who play as they get to train against the highest standard of korfball players around! The 2nds have an ethos of fun and development to get people used to competitive matches to make natural progression to the 1sts, but with lots of winnable games they will be determined to succeed. Want to give it a go? The club trains Mondays 19.30 to 21.00, Thursdays 14.30 to 16.30 and Sundays 11.00 to 14.00 at the Sports Centre.

I like to think my life is relatively pressure-free. The closest thing I probably get to real pressure is when I’ve not done the reading for my tutorial and am asked for my views on West’s reading of Book III of the Aeneid. A cool head, clear thinking, and a smattering of knowledge on a number of subjects is key. The Dunhill Links Championship rolls into town today, and with the entire baggage train and corporate circus that a high-level pro-am competition brings. For three of the professional golfers, the difference in pressure levels between their lives last weekend and this will be quite staggering. Paul Lawrie, Lee Westwood, and Martin Kaymer were all key players in Europe’s successful Ryder Cup team at the Medinah Country Club, and will all appear in the Dunhill Links this week in St Andrews. The European team produced a remarkable comeback from 106 down overnight to retain the cup, and although Westwood and Lawrie put in better performances to win their own matches, it was Kaymer’s putt which sealed the deal. ‘Nerves of steel’ is a cliché which has reached record levels of usage this week, but imagine for a moment you are Martin Kaymer, you are standing over a long putt, thousands of miles

from home, in front of thousands of extremely vocal American fans, in full knowledge that if you miss Tiger Woods will be roaring down behind you to capitalise. Now imagine you are standing over a short putt, having just hammered your last one five foot past the hole. Even the very steadiest of golfers might have felt a knee jangle. However, like one of his countryman in a penalty shootout, the German didn’t wobble an inch, holing out to complete a famous victory. I can’t imagine that he will feel quite the same if he is standing over a birdie putt at the Road Hole while Tim Henman is hacking his way out of the rough. My own thoughts on the Dunhill are uncomplicated; the various corporate partners plaster their name all over every car, sign, and sandwich stall in the town, while standing around drink Moet with Hugh Grant, and patting each other on the back about what a good year its been. However, it is an excellent opportunity to have the incomprehensible Paul Collingwood buy you a drink, quote Love Actually lines at Mr Grant, and see if you can’t get Michael Phelps to do an unseasonable May Dip. As they say, he who pays the piper picks the tunes; we’ll see how the celebrities react to the piper I’m going to pay to play his own version of Rihanna outside their hotel room at 5 in the morning.

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We watch a lot of football. We report on it too. The 1st XI play BUCS fixtures as well as a Saturday fixture in the Fife league. The Saint Online covers every game. Tweet us @sport_thesaint to have your say. We want to hear your views on John Terry. We will feature the best tweets in the next issue, and all those chosen will be entered into a random draw at the end of Semester 1 for a very special prize.

This summer Gemma Prescott was the only St Andrews graduate to win a medal at the London Games. Watch out for our upcoming interview with her. Asyoumayhavealreadyread,today sees the Dunhill Championships come to St Andrews. We will have a reporter on the course, in the media centre and in the bar with the celebs every day, so check out his blog, ‘A View from the Fairways’, for an insider’s view of this prestigious tournament.


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The Netball Club with Callum Sloane after a year’s hard fundraising

As students spend around 30 hours per week with the knees bent to 90 degrees or more, the hamstrings are greatly shortened and get stiff in this position. Prior to the Olympics even the great Usain Bolt was struggling with a hamstring injury. The hamstrings muscles are on the back of the thigh and act as a brake for the quadriceps muscles when we are kicking, sprinting or changing direction quickly. Hamstring pulls or strains most frequently occur when the knee is straightening when athlete is accelerating or sprinting. Just before the foot hits the ground, the hamstrings will contract to slow the lower leg from hyperextending. Some other

factors which may contribute to a hamstring injury includes: rapid increase in training load; tight hip flexors; weak gluteal (butt muscles); poor flexibility; muscle imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstring muscle groups; muscle fatigue that leads to over-exertion; or leg length differences - a shorter leg may have tighter hamstrings which are more likely to pull. Symptoms: Pain usually comes on suddenly in the back of the thigh and can extend from the buttock region all the way to the back of the knee. It is almost impossible to continue running as the pain is so sharp. It is normally difficult to fully straighten the knee actively. Management: First 48 hours: RICE (rest, ice, compress,

elevate). Non-steroidal antiinflammatory medication. No HARM (heat, alcohol, running, massage) Days 2-5: Walk as pain permits and seek professional treatment when walking with discomfort only. In order to return to previous level of sport/activity it is essential to perform a structure rehabilitation program of stretching, strengthening and graduated exercise. Massage and foam roller work can also pin-point the focus of the injury that need to be addressed. Exercises to improve overall trunk/hip stability will greatly reduce the risk of re-injury. This is a relatively simple left hamstring stretch. Note

Last year the Netball Club raised an impressive £2246.81 for Disability Sport Fife, a charity that the Netball girls at St Andrews have become familiar with over the last few years. DSF aims to help those born into disability and those who become disabled to find their confidence through sport. Each year, the Netball Club choose to raise money for an individual at Disability Sport Fife, inspiring us to make as much money as possible. Last year we chose to support Callum Sloane (pictured above, with the team), an eight-year-old boy from Dunfermline who has an intense love for sport. He is a young and ambitious kid, and he aspires to race for Great Britain in the

future. To help Callum achieve his dream of competing at the Paralympics, the Netball Club aimed to raise as much money as possible to go towards buying a new, fitted racing wheelchair. The netball club raised this remarkable amount of money through naked calendars, UV nights, bake sales, and a whole lot of hard work. On Wednesday 26 September Callum was invited to meet the club, receive the cheque and he got to show off his brand new racing wheelchair. Congratulations to all the girls for raising such an impressive amount, and a massive thank you to all who donated, attended our events and, of course, stripped off. ID

that the ankle is pointed forwards and not up towards the sky. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds, ease off slightly for five seconds and then go a bit further for another 10 seconds. Twice on each leg. This is an exercise which works on stability, balance and lengthening the hamstring under tension. Try doing 10 on each leg with a 5kg weight before attempting to sprint. Single leg bridging is a simple way to improve hip and trunk control that is required for running. Invariably, when one side is less steady than the other, low back pain and hamstring strains are never too far away.

10 repetitions of threesecond holds on each leg is a good start. Then aim for two sets. START is the Sports Medicine Clinic located at the University Sports Centre. There is a full time physiotherapist on site to treat acute and chronic injuries without the need to see your GP first. Unlike the NHS, there is no waiting list so for more information please visit www.startclinic.co.uk or call 01334 462 190 to book an appointment.

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Last year, the University of St Andrews 1st XV were promoted from Caledonia Division 2 to Division 1, a national league, by virtue of finishing top of the league, winning 17 out of 18 fixtures. They say winning is a habit, and it appeared difficult to quit when they resumed this term, albeit in a higher division. The 1st XV’s season started earlier than any other club, as they kicked off against fellow promotees Hillfoots at University Park on Saturday 1 September. The game began on a sombre note with a minute’s silence observed in memory of former captain, Steven Sims. The raw emotion of the occasion appeared to spur the Saints on, as they jumped out to a 29-7 lead at half-time, and despite a second-half fightback, they countinued to score tries and ran out 43-20 victors, with a bonus point to boot. They secured a similar victory on the road at Mackie. The trip to Aberdeenshire seemed to affect the game as the Saints struggled to find rhythm in a game littered with infringements, but after an early penalty and another try for fresher Alex Kennedy, who later completed his hat trick, a 24-0 lead at half-time looked comfortable. Once again however the Saints

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The Rugby Men’s 1sts have hit rough waters after a highly successful start in the top flight, but the Men’s Hockey 1sts scored a 2-1 win against Aberdeen went flat after half-time, allowing Mackie to set up camp in their half, but a late try sealed a 31-14 victory and the bonus point, but the Saints were concerned by their lack of real form against a poor Mackie side. A third consecutive victory over Ellon at home (50-31) followed when the Saints once again took an early lead, allowed the door to creak open in the second half, and then slammed it shut again. They were winning, but not entirely convincingly, despite the scorelines. The wake-up call came when Caithness arrived in St Andrews from the frozen North and ended Saints’ unbeaten run at home in the league, which had stretched back well over a year, edging out the home side in a tight and physical encounter, 27-22. If that was a wake-up call, the next week was a 2am fire alarm. The trip to Gordonians

in Aberdeen resulted in a 58-0 thrashing, which moved the Saints into second place in the league with that emphatic loss. The Saints will be looking to bounce back this Saturday with a home fixture to Strathmore, especially after a mid-week defeat to Stirling 1st XV in the their opening BUCS fixture. The University 1st XV play in the fourth tier of Scottish rugby, which is an impressive feat. Given they have won 20 of their last 23 matches in the league, they are one of the most successful teams in St Andrews which is truly remarkable. However, their form in BUCS championships has not been as good, which will surely be something they will be looking to rectify as the season goes on. Elsewhere, University clubs enjoyed mixed fortunes in their first round of BUCS fixtures. Both the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse sides, stalwarts of success in St Andrews, produced

thumping wins over Aberdeen’s 1st XI and 2nd XI respectively, the Men winning 23-3, and the Women romping to a 19-0 victory. You might have eaten one of their cupcakes outside the library last week, but when it comes down to the serious business of Basketball, the Women’s 1sts are certainly no pudding, as they proved against Heriot-Watt in their opening game, thrashing their opponents 94-51. There were mixed fortunes for the Hockey teams, as the Women’s 1st XI were beaten by Edinburgh 2nd XI 4-1. The Men fared a little better though, as goals from Mike Thomson and Ben Jamieson gave them a tight 2-1 win. Read Nishant Raj’s full match report online. It was also a difficult day for the Tennis Club as the Women were beaten by Stirling 8-4, but the Men managed to eke out a 6-6 draw with their Central Belt counterparts, which was an admirable effort.

The Men’s Volleyball had to wait until Sunday for their first BUCS encounter, but it was well worth the wait. Felix Gerhardinger led out his side against a strong Glasgow side in the Saints’ first ever Premier Scottish Division match. The Saints dropped the first set but roared back to take the second, and the passion in the side was clear. However the temperamental Saints’ performance continued and they lost the third set, then won back the fourth. They then allowed Glasgow to jump out to an 8-2 lead in the final set, a deficit which was unrecoverable. The British Universities’ Championsips of Sport (BUCS), are for most sports teams the meat and drink of their fixture lists, and make for great competition and throw up some local rivlaries. So if you’re free one Wednesday afternoon, which you probably are, why not take a walk down to the Sports Centre and get behind

Andrew McQuillan The usual stereotypical image of surfers shows them contorting waves to do their bidding, flicking their long hair, and wandering off into the sunset for a barbeque with an achingly attractive woman. With the Beach Boys providing the soundtrack, of course. However, this is more Bondai than St Andrews. Therefore, given the North Sea has recently done its best to recreate The Tempest off the Fife coast, it is quite fitting that a new surf school has cropped up to allow us to take advantage of

those radical waves man…that is surfer lingo, yeah? Under the auspices of surfing maestro Maurice Bryson, the highly successful Irish surf school, Oceanics, based in the equally windswept Co. Waterford, has set up a Scottish division in our own fair town. I joined him on the beach at West Sands (I’m too much of a landlubber to even consider joining him out in the sea) to try and get a handle on the growing passion for aquatic based exertion in St Andrews. His pupils are in good hands; he has been surfing since he can remember, studies Marine Biology, has won Irish championships and tackled waves in France, Spain and the

USA. He also sails, and has been instructing since 16, qualifying at the age of 18. Did I mention he models too? It would be fair to say that the salty brine flows through his Adonis-like veins. “Surfing in St Andrews is almost taboo, but it’s also that sneaky thing people always want to do but don’t talk about,” Maurice confides in me. However, he is of the opinion that due to the growing interest in extreme sports, St Andrews is probably one of the more optimally located places in Great Britain to surf. In his Irish lilt, he explained that, “we are surrounded by pretty good waves and a few hours north we have one of the best

spots on the planet, Thurso”. One of the benefits of living in St Andrews is that almost anything and everything goes. From rugby to parkour, your particular interest can be satisfied. “I hope to see more students getting to experience something totally new in this town,” Maurice emphasises. Watching the wetsuit-clad students getting put through their paces, in what aesthetically looks an incredible thrilling sport, I’m inclined to agree. Even I, the arch coward, one day might be encouraged to step out and fall off the board multiple times. So, Oceanics St Andrews is there to fulfil all your wannabe

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Surf’s Up: Making Waves in St Andrews

Beach Boy needs. It is perhaps the best tribute to the power of sport that students feel empowered enough to set up their own initiative and spread it, much like peace and love, to the greater St Andrews public. The North Sea has plenty of water in it, so make use of it. Just wrap up warm.


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Celebrities hit the town For Dunhill Links The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship tees off in St Andrews, with a starstudded field consisting of professional golfers and amateurs, with 168 of each playing a round each for the next four days. The field is packed with stars, both professionals and amateurs, and in previous years we have seen Hugh Grant and Samuel L. Jackson among the list of names on the starters’ sheet. There is always a distinctly multi-sport feel to the list of amateur golfers, and this year is no different. South African ‘Bladerunner’ and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has spent the last two months in Britain, and has delayed his holiday to swap the track for the fairways. Pistorius revealed that he is a “big golf fan and [I] love the game. I have never played St Andrews, Carnoustie or Kingsbarns before, so playing them in a world-class event is a unique opportunity. There is so much history at St Andrews. I can’t wait to get on the first tee.” He will be joined by fellow Olympian and 18-time gold medallist Michael Phelps, who took up golf after the Beijing Olympicsandisbeingtaught to play by Tiger Woods’ old coach Hank Haney. They will be joined by former Olympic rowing legends Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave, Dutch

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football superstars Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, former England player Jamie Redknapp, Scottish defender Alan Hansen, a strong team of cricketers in Sir Ian Botham, Andrew Strauss, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne, and rugby’s Morné du Plessis and Gavin Hastings. From outside the world of sport, Hollywood star Greg Kinnear and rock music legends Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres are all confirmed competitors. For residents in St Andrews, this week represents a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest stars

around the town and on the course, as entry to the championship is free to students on all four days. There are of course some serious golfers competing this week as well. Despite coming immediately after the Ryder Cup, several of Europe’s team will be among the top-class professional golfers competing in this celebration of links golf. Germany’s Martin Kaymer and England’s Lee Westwood both arrive hot off the plane from the Medinah Country Club, as well as Scotland’s Paul Lawrie. Westwood explained his decision to go straight back to competitive golf after the Ryder Cup: “My last Dunhill

win was very important for me and it would be great to repeat that. It’s always a terrific tournament to play in and it’s on three fantastic links courses, so I am looking forward to it.” The tournament also holds an important place in Lawrie’s heart. “Winning the inaugural Dunhill Links in 2001 was a very important victory for me, and of course I know Carnoustie very well after my Open win in 1999, so I’m hoping I can have a good four days - it will be nice to play with my son Craig and relax a little after the stresses of the Ryder Cup.” Other big names include current Open champion Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Darren

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Clarke, Padraig Harrington, and Jon Daly, to name but a few. With such a varied field, naturally the competition takes an unusual format. All players play the Old Course, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns once each over the first three days, with the top 60 professionals and 20 teams playing the final round at the Old Course on Sunday. There will be two competitions running concurrently: an individual tournament for the professionals and a team competition, which will be of the lower of the professional’s and his amateur partner’s score at each hole.


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